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Rwanda Police Arrests 20 People Sharing Sauna Services In A Hotel




Twelve men and eight women were rounded up by Police on Saturday evening for defying government directives against #COVID-19.

The twenty suspects were found enjoying sauna, steam, and massage services at Lebanon Hotel in Remera, a suburb in Kigali City.

Police received a tip-off from a concerned source before the suspects left the hotel.

“We were tipped off by a source yesterday evening who was concerned about the incident,” Police Spokesperson CP John Bosco Kabera told Taarifa on Sunday evening.

CP said the suspects are detained at a police station awaiting charges.

Among those arrested are Raymond Bizwinayo, the hotel proprietor, Christopher Tuyishime, the manager, and Alexis Nyiridandi, who is in charge of the Sauna.

According to a cabinet announcement, all gyms and recreational facilities such as a sauna must remain closed until the partial lockdown is lifted.

“A sauna is a very high-risk area. The potential spread is so high in such a place, and it is not allowed to operate such facilities now,” CP Kabera said.

He said Police will not tolerate such kind of behavior. “They will be dealt with very seriously,” the spokesperson said.

Alexandre Kanyambo, one of the arrested clients said that he was called by a friend inviting him to join him at an open to Sauna and massage services.

“I left Gacuriro to Remera, joined my friend to the hotel where we were caught. I wasn’t aware that these are among the prohibited services, but now I know I breached the government directives to be in a congested place like Sauna,” said Kanyambo.

To Uwase, another suspect said that when she was jogging on Saturday evening, she smelt a sauna as she passed by the hotel.

“I followed the smell of the sauna to the Lebanon hotel. I was arrested inside with other people, a few minutes after I had entered,” said Uwase.

Taarifa has learnt that the owner of the hotel is said to have authorized the manager to freely offer the services.

When probed as to why he abused the directives, he reportedly told Police officers that he is not the one who brought the virus.

The hotel’s recreation department has been operating during the lockdown.

Charges against all suspects have not yet been stated clearly, but Police told Taarifa that they are likely to get fined.

A source told Taarifa that most of the suspects are working-class people, and some of them holding high profile positions both in government and private sector.

Raymond Bizwinayo

The hotel has since been closed pending further investigations.

Editor: This article has been updated.



  1. Doris Gloor

    May 25, 2020 at 9:04 am

    Sauna is not the place to get a Virus. It’s been proved, tha heat killes most of the germs. I wonder, if a police cell is not more dangerous to get infected.

  2. Doris Gloor

    May 25, 2020 at 9:13 am

    I doubt that a Sauna is a higher risk than a Police cell. Heat is a germ killer and people doing it regularly are less sick.

  3. Ian

    May 26, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    A sauna isn’t a place where you can get the virus in fact heat kills the germs. So the cells at a police station are high risk.

  4. ปั๊มไลค์

    June 8, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Like!! Really appreciate you sharing this blog post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

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