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Projet: Talk show club de la presse "Urubuga rw'itangazamakuru"

Activité:Summary of weekly radio talk-show « Emission Club de la Presse: "Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru "


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Sunday, July 19 marked the first Sunday for places of worship to reopen since a cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on 15th July, gave a go ahead to churches to reopen upon approval by local authorities after verifying that they have safety measures against New Coronavirus in place.

Some places of worship postponed their reopening to the Sunday of July 26 but across the country, places of worship went off to a slow and cautious start as believers flocked churches for the first time in five months.

Urubuga rw’Itangazamakuru  “Club de la Presse” talk show  broadcasted  on  Sunday  2nd August 2020, in synergy by 10 radio stations  and one Television (TV Isango star), in all the provinces  of the country  focused on ""How churches adhere to covid-19 prevention guidelines when re-opened”


Samuel Dusengiyumva: PS MINALOC

Sheikh: Salim Habimana:  Rwanda Interfaith Council (RIC)

Mgr: Antoine Kambanda: Catholic Church 

Rev. Cedric Kanana: Analyst

 The Permanent secretary of MINALOC explained that the re-opening of the churches is being done slowly to see if it can increase the number of people who are infected with the epidemic, adding that they have set guidelines to be followed and assessment is being done to allow the openings.

MINALOC emphasizes that since the churches were opened within 3 weeks, no patients have been found at the church which gives hope that the number of opening churches can be increased.

Sheikh Salim Habimana from RIC said that the opening of the church is now well underway as there is collaboration between the government and religious associations in the districts, which is different from the previous directives where all was controlled by the state authorities only.

Mgr Antoine Kambanda pointed out that there are still obstacles to the opening of the temple as there are difficult conditions  including the construction of automatic hand  washing stations and water tanks to replace the water taps that were built, which requires a lot of  cost.  He argued the requirements for urban churches should be different from the requirements in the rural areas.

 Other challenges addressed are distance from a 2 to 3 meter in churches which is different other public places such as markets, buses, where the social distancing requirement is 1 meter. The digital tithe also is a challenge to churches   because some Christians do not have telephones. Kambanda argued that there should be another suitable way to Christians to give tithe and offerings.

Analyst Kanana Cedric, on the other hand, pointed out that in-depth research is needed to help religions and churches   know better way to solve all challenges   because when people are not able to pray as much as they would like it would also have other serious consequences for evil.

The conclusion was that people are eager to go to church again and all concerned institutions will work together to make it run smoothly

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