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CORONA: The Rwanda way of dealing with defiant nationals

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July 1994 Kigali: Rwandan vice-president Paul Kagame, the Tutsi-led RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front) commander. After a week that saw strained ties between Rwanda and France snap over an indictment call on President Paul Kagame over alleged complicity in the death of his predecessor, local media rallied in support of the government and poured scorn on Paris. French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy 26 November 2006 said he regretted Rwanda's decision to cut diplomatic ties, forcing French envoys and educational staff to repatriate in haste. AFP PHOTO / FILES ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Rwandese government under President Paul Kagame is not taking anything chance while dealing with the coronavirus menace as two are shot dead.

This became apparent on Wednesday after local police shot and killed two people who defied lockdown orders imposed by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Rwanda National Police spokesman John Bosco Kabera said the two men in their twenties defied a police order and attempted to engage in a “tussle”.

President Kagame on March 22 issued a two-week lockdown, restricting travel between towns and cities and asking people to stay indoors.

The country has 40 confirmed of the disease – the highest in East Africa where Kenya comes in second with 28 recorded cases. Uganda has 14 while Tanzania has 12 cases.

Rwanda also has a robust testing system that has seen three travellers from Kenya among its confirmed coronavirus cases.

Kenya has followed in Rwanda’s footsteps with a 7 pm to 5 am curfew being announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta – effective Friday, March 27th.

Namanga

Meanwhile, activities at Namanga’s One-Stop Border Post are almost grinding to a halt as Kenya and Tanzania report increased cases of COVID-19.

The ever-busy OSBP that normally record a high number of human activity on both sides of the border town, Kenya and Tanzania, was reduced to a handful of people on March 18.

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Other than human activity, trading between Kenya and Tanzania in the annual Sh38 billion trade transaction has also been affected.

This is following the announcement on March 15 by President Uhuru Kenyatta that borders with COVID-19 infected countries had been closed.

Kenya makes Sh27 billion annually in cross-border trade, while Tanzania bags Sh11 billion in trade with annually, according to the Principal Secretary in the State Department for East African Community, Kevit Desai.

Speaking after attending a consultative meeting with border regulatory agencies in Namanga on Wednesday, Desai said he is aware of the current situation regarding the lock-down in many countries regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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