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MALAWI: High court blocked its coronavirus lockdown in a bid to protect the poor

A high court in Malawi has granted Human Rights Defenders Coalition a seven-day injunction stopping the government from implementing a 21-day national lockdown due to coronavirus. The injunction is temporary and an inter-partes hearing is expected within seven days.

On Tuesday, president Peter Mutharika announced a 21-day lockdown which was meant to begin on Saturday April 18 i n a bid to contain the spread of the virus in the country. In his address Mutharika, warned that up to 50,000 Malawians could lose their lives to the Covid-19 virus but he did not outline a  social safety net for the vulnerable during the lockdown, which prompted a civil society group to seek a stop order from the court.

“Our message is simple, we are not accepting this issue of lockdown unless government comes up with proper measures to protect the lives of Malawians, all we are saying is that different stakeholders such as religious leaders, civil society organizations should come together to digest this issue and come up with a proper solution,” said Gift Trapence chairperson for Human Rights Defenders Coalition.

Following Malawi government’s failure to put in place any measure to cushion the poor during the lockdown, thousands of informal traders in the cities of Mzuzu and Blantyre took it to the streets to protest against a coronavirus lockdown with placards that read “Lockdown more poisonous than Corona” and another “We’d rather die of corona than die of hunger.”

Many of these vendors are daily wage earners and a lockdown in the country could greatly affect them. A lot of people in Malawi operate on a hand to mouth basis. It is unclear if Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, can afford to offer cash transfers to its low income citizens as some policy analysts have been recommending.

Malawi’s economy relies on informal economies like most African countries. Many policy analysts and development economists across Africa and the developing world have started to criticize African governments for rushing to mimic the lockdown strategies of wealthier, developed countries in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. There are now louder calls for countries to adapt preventive measures and policies that better suit each country. This is particularly relevant in congested urban areas where social distancing is difficult and there is little availability of clean water to wash hands.

“Our challenge is to adapt social distancing measures to informal economies which lack a comprehensive safety net to support those shut in,” writes W. Gyude Moore, a former Liberian public works minister. Moore recommends African countries focus on more flexible curfews rather than total lockdowns given most economies are 90% informal. He also recommends engaging with local community leaders to share the message and expand the definition of essential services.

So far Malawi has recorded 17 cases of Covid-19 with two deaths. The ministry of health has announced that three people who earlier tested positive have now tested negative but will re-do the tests.


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Revolisiyo ya Coronavirus : Gufungirana abaturage bishobora guhitana miliyoni eshanu.

RWANDA:Icyemezo cyo gukingirana abaturage mu ngo zabo ni icyanzu cyo kurimbura abarenze miliyoni 5 mu gihe gito cyane.

1.Paul Kagame yihutiye gufata icyemezo cyo gukingirana ku ngufu abaturage mu ngo zabo abeshya ko agamije kubarinda kwandura Coronavirus. Nyamara mu by’ukuri sicyo agamije.

2. Mu Rwanda abaturage barenga 80%( miliyoni 9!) ni ababona icyo kurya cya buri munsi kubera ko bakoze nyakabyizi. Kandi Kagame arabizi neza.

3. Kubafungira mu ngo zabo utabahaye inkunga y’ibyo kurya ni ukubashumuriza inzara ngo ibatsembe mu gihe kitarenze iminsi 15.

4. Gukingirana abaturage mu ngo zabo si UMUTI , si n’URUKINGO rwa Coronavirus!

Kuki abanyabulayi bafashe umwanzuro wo kwifungirana ( Confinement)?

5. Coronavirus ikwirakwira vuba cyane kandi igafata umubare munini cyane w’abantu. Ariko abo ifashe bose siko barwara kandi siko ibica.

6.Mu bafashwe nayo hari abazahazwa nayo mu buryo bwihuse ( cyane cyane abasaza , abakecuru n’ abandi basanganywe intege nke z uturemamubiri) bagakenera gufashwa n’ abaganga kandi hagakenerwa ibyuma kabuhariwe bibafasha guhumeka. Ibi byuma kimwe n’ibyumba byo kubakiriramo mu bitaro nibyo bidahagije hano mu bihugu byateye imbere….ariko Leta zikaba ziri gukora ibishoboka byose ngo ibyo bibura biboneke mu maguru mashya.

7. Niyo mpamvu bahisemo guhatira abaturage babo KWIKINGIRANA mu ngo zabo kugira ngo bagabanye umuvuduko w’ imibare y’abandura buri munsi bityo bihe Leta kubona UMWANYA wo gutunganya ibyumba no kugura ibyuma bifasha ubuhumekero bw’ abarwayi, gukomeza gushakashaka umuti ndetse n’urukingo.

8. IGIKWIYE KUMVIKANA ni uko Leta zo mu bihugu byateye imbere mbere yo kwemeza abaturage kwikingirana mu ngo zabo by’ igihe gito, zafashe ingamba zihamye zo guha abaturage inkunga ihagije izatuma nta n’umwe muri bo UZICWA n’INZARA…kuko nyine inzara yica vuba kandi nabi kurusha Coronavirus!

9. Ikibazo kiri mu Rwanda ni uko Paul Kagame yihutiye gufata icyemezo cyo gufungirana abaturage b’u Rwanda mu ngo zabo nk’ uko byakozwe i Bulayi (Copy and paste) nyamara azi neza ko nta bushobozi igihugu gifite bwo KUBARINDA KWICWA n INZARA.

10.Bishatse kuvuga ko icyemezo cya Kagame kigamije kurimbura abanyarwanda barenga miliyoni 5 mu gihe gito cyane . Ese yabikoreye ubujiji ? Kwibonekeza se? Yaba se afite inyungu mu kurimbura bidadubirwaho abenegihugu bangana kuriya ?

UMWANZURO: Niba Leta ya Kagame ishaka koko gufasha abaturage;

1. Leta nikureho icyemezo cyo gufungirana abaturage mu ngo zabo, bose basubire mu mirimo yabo,

2. Leta nifata Sitade amahoro n’izindi Sitade zose ziri mu gihugu izihindure ibitaro byakira abatangiye kurwara.

3. Leta nikore ubukangurambaga bwimbitse buhugurira abaturage ibikorwa byiza bituma batandura bwangu nko kwirinda kwitsiritanaho , gukaraba neza intoki n isabune kandi kenshi….

4. Leta nirekure imfungwa ZOSE zitahe mu miryango yazo Coronavirus itarabatsemba bose uko bangana.

5. Leta nikomeze ishakire imfashanyo z’ imiti n’ ibiribwa abarwayi ba Coronavirus.

6. Leta niteganye IRIMBI rigari ry’ abazahitanwa n’ iki cyorezo ntibiharirwe imiryango yabo yonyine.

7.Leta nihe abaturage AMAKURU y’ukuri kuri iki cyorezo, ireke kubabwira imibare mito idahuye n ‘ n’ukuri ku banduye n’abahitanywe n iki cyorezo.

Bitabaye ibyo POLITIKI yo kwiyerekana neza imbere y’ abazungu irahitana umubare munini cyane w’abanyarwanda barenze abakwicwa n’ iki cyorezo . Cyangwa se RUBANDISHONJE ihagurukane Kagame imuvudukane we n’ abamushyigikiye muri gahunda yo kurimbura abaturage hakireshejwe kubicisha inzara.
Ushaka kumva icyo REVOLISIYO ya CORONAVIRUS bivuze yahera n’aho.

Padiri Thomas NAHIMANA,
Perezida wa Guverinoma y’u Rwanda ikorera mu buhungiro.

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Rwanda: Qu’est-ce qu’on nous cache sur Corona Virus?

Le monde entier est confronté à une nouvelle pandémie, Corona Virus (COVID-19) qui de plus en plus gagne du terrain. Plusieurs gouvernements prennent des dispositions plus ou moins appropriées et en adéquation de leurs moyens et capacités pour prévenir et protéger leurs populations. Mais toute prise de décision doit être basée sur les données et statistiques connues. La transparence dans la communication de ces informations à la population est vitale afin d’éviter, dans les mesures du possible, toute mauvaise surprise, et permettre une préparation psychologique. A voir ce qui se passe au Rwanda, l’on ne peut que douter de la capacité des dirigeants de faire face à ce fléau dont le potentiel dévastateur s’annonce très énorme.

Qu’est-ce qu’on ne nous dit pas?

  1. Tout commence par le manque de transparence sur la propagation du virus sur le territoire rwandais. Le premier cas est annoncé le 14 mars 2020 alors que l’ambassade des Pays Bas était déjà au courant depuis le 12 mars 2020.
  2. L’un des personnes atteintes travaillait à l’école Green Hills Academy (GHA) et que le nombre de ses contacts dans la population estudiantine reste inconnu. Il est indéniable que les étudiants sont partis avec le virus et qu’ils ont continué à le propager à leur passage.
  3. Visiblement, il n’y a pas eu de Task-force interministérielle pour coordonner les actions et anticiper les scénarios possibles. En effet, le ministre de la santé est absent, les communiqués étant signés au nom du ministère, alors que les ministres de l’intérieur, du commerce, et le Premier ministre signent en leurs propres noms!
  4. Quelques mesures ont été décrétées pour faciliter l’accès aux finances pour les hommes et femmes d’affaires et une enveloppe de 50 milliards a été rendue disponible à cet effet. Et que deviennent les autres secteurs qui seront affectés?
  5. Quelle mesure est prise pour les populations en promiscuité élevée? ( Les prisons, par exemple).
  6. L’ordre de rester chez soi est donné mais en même temps la démolition des maisons au nom de l’expropriation continue. De la folie ou l’intention de livrer les citoyens au virus!?

Qu’est-ce que vous nous cachez encore, et qu’est-ce que vous ne faites pas surtout?

Sans “Master Plan” pour faire face au Corona Virus, le Rwanda ordinairement fragile ne peut que s’attendre à des pertes énormes.

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La France demande à ses ressortissants de quitter le Rwanda immédiatement.

L’ambassade de France au Rwanda appelle les touristes français sur le territoire rwandais à  regagner la France immédiatement. L’ambassade fait suite au discours du président Emmanuel Macron tenu le lundi 16 mars 2020 au sujet de la pandémie Coronavirus , COVID-19.

Dans le but de faire face à la pandémie,  la France a mis en place de mesures drastiques et a mobilisé les ressources conséquentes car “on est en guerre” a dit Monsieur Macron. Dans son discours suivi par plus de trente millions de téléspectateurs, le président de la France a demandé aux résidents, entre autres d’éviter les déplacements sauf pour des raisons importantes inclus faire des courses, aller au boulot uniquement si le travail est indispensable à la vie du pays et que le télétravail est impossible. Une attestation sur l’honneur devra être signée et portée par la personne souhaitant sortir. Ces mesures seront de rigueur pendant au moins 15 jours.

Les mouvements entre l’espace Schengen et son extérieur sont interdits jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Mais les Français souhaitant rentrer chez eux seront assistés par le gouvernement.

L’ambassade de France à Kigali exécute.

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Cette décision est à  saluer car, non seulement le Rwanda n’a pas assez de moyens et de systèmes efficaces pour répondre à ce genre de crises, mais aussi apparemment le gouvernement n’est pas transparent dans la communication des statistiques de la propagation de la  pandémie sur le territoire rwandais.

Chaste GAHUNDE


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Kikwete now moves to defuse Burundi crisis

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H.E Jakaya Kikwete

President Jakaya Kikwete has sent a fact-finding mission to Burundi, which is caught up in a crisis over President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office.

The team is expected to prepare a report that will direct the East African Community Summit of Heads of State on how to address the insecurity in that country.

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Bernard Membe will lead a team of foreign affairs officials from other EAC member states in the fact-finding mission. The mission is heading to Burundi amid protests that have rocked the country, with the death toll rising to 12 by Monday. Mr Membe leaves today, according to the head of the government’s communication unit in the Foreign Affairs and International Affairs ministry, Ms Mindi Kasiga. The mission should be done with by the end of this week.

Speaking in New York on Monday, President Kikwete, who is also the EAC Summit chairman, told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that decisive action would depend on the findings of the mission, which starts its work today. “But whatever the case, the basic solution to the problems which Burundi is going through now lies with Burundians,” he said. “They have a constitution and law which should be followed in order to end this problem. Using force will not help them much.”

The UN secretary general had asked President Kikwete to shed light on what is being done to help Burundi deal with the crisis. This is the first tangible action the EAC has taken since chaos broke out in Burundi. Several people have died, hundred others are injured and property has been destroyed in clashes between police and demonstrators opposed to a decision to give President Pierre Nkurunziza an opportunity to run for the presidency for the third time.

Said Ms Kasiga: “The fact finding mission will do its job for a day in Burundi. While in Bujumbura, it will meet various stakeholders and compile a report from facts gathered in Bujumbura which will guide the EAC leaders in an extraordinary summit President Kikwete will host.”

Some 1,852 Burundians seeking refuge arrived in Kigoma last week following political instability in their country due to President Nkurunziza’s move to seek a third term.

According to a statement by Ministry of Home Affairs spokesperson Isaac Nantanga, the Burundian refugees entered Tanzania through Kigaye, Sekeoya, Kakonko, Kosovo, Kagunga and Kibuye villages.

After verification with immigration officers in the region, 1,252 among them have been moved to Nyarugusu Camp in Kasulu District as the rest of the refugees are interrogated before they are sent on to refugee camps.

Meanwhile, the Burundi Constitutional Court on Monday approved the nomination of Mr Nkurunziza as the ruling CNDD-FDD party’s candidate in next month’s presidential election. The court made the decision Monday, a day after four of its members fled to neighbouring Rwanda fearing for their safety. “We are worried about our security,” said one of the Constitutional Court judges. “That is why I decided to leave the country.”

The court ruled that President Nkurunziza was eligible for a third term since he has been elected only once through universal suffrage.

Mr Nkurunziza rose to power in 2005 after being elected by parliament and went on to win a second term five years later by popular vote.

President Nkurunziza’s tenure has been dogged by controversy over the interpretation of the constitution. While some parties say the President has had his maximum two terms, his supporters insist the first five years did not count under the law.

The 2000 Arusha Accord, which ended the protracted Burundi civil war and culminated in Mr Nkurunziza’s rise to power, is categorical that no one person should be president for more than 10 years.

Source: The Citizen