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DR Congo ejects Rwandans dodging Covid jabs

Some Rwandans have been moving across the border to avoid mandatory Covid vaccination

Some Rwandans have been moving across the border to avoid mandatory Covid vaccination

About 100 Rwandans who escaped to an island in Lake Kivu in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo to evade getting Covid jabs have been deportation to their country.

Two people are nonetheless said to have disappeared from the group of 101 Rwandans and a search operation is advancing.

Roger Ntambuka, An official of Idjwi Island, told the BBC that the authorities were able to arrange with the Rwandans to return home.

“There was no reason for these Rwandans to remain here. We were able to persuade them,” he said.

He said the Rwandans, who consist of women, men and children, left for home in a boat.

The governor of Rwanda’s western province said he had no idea of the departing Rwandans and it’s not obvious if authorities were connected in their deportation.

Last week Burundian authorities dismissed over than 10 Rwandans who had entered the country to avoid compulsory vaccination back home.

Rwandans must be vaccinated to be permitted to use public transport, go to bars and restaurants or to attend public events.

 

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