Rwanda criminalise the use of children for begging in a bid to retain its 'cleanest city in Africa' badge of honor

A prison sentence of three years awaits those found guilty

___7153089___https:______static.pulse.com.gh___webservice___escenic___binary___7153089___2017___8___16___3___child+beggeing

In a statement issued by Rwanda National Police on Monday, the authority has warned that it will imprison parents, guardians and anyone who force children to beg in the streets.

“At different hotspots in Kigali and other upcountry towns, it has become a habit to find street beggars – mostly children and women, either grabbing passengers in bus parks or storming meeting places to beg for money or food,” says the report.

A prison sentence of three years will be handed out to offenders if found guilty.

The announcement  coincided with the official state visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Rwanda.

El-sisi was received at the Kigali International Airport by the Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Tuesday morning and it is not clear if the announcement is serious or was only meant to ‘clear’ the streets of beggars for the  one day state visit by President el-Sisi.

In 2016, United Nations declared Kigali as the most beautiful city in Africa and the third greenest city in the world for its environment friendly policies such as total ban of non-biodegradable products and monthly  clean up exercise where everyone preserves the last Saturday of the month for projects aimed at improving the country’s public space'.

Article 691 of the Organic law instituting the penal code states that any person who uses, encourages, takes or incites a child to beg, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of one year to two years.

If the child used in begging has a physical or mental disability, the term of imprisonment shall be three (3) years.

According to the police the children sent out to beg not only suffer early cognitive issues, but also face serious attacks.

In recent months there has been an influx of street children across Kigali’ main spots such as Nyabugogo  bus park.

Our newsletter gives you access to a curated selection of the most important stories daily.

Welcome to the Pulse Community! We will now be sending you a daily newsletter on news, entertainment and more. Also join us across all of our other channels - we love to be connected!

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote poised to overtake another Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin on Bloomberg billionaires list

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Mzee Kibor's will made public, revealing how vast wealth and millions will be distributed

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Mathias Pogba brands Paul Pogba 'a so-called Muslim steeped in witchcraft' amid fetish claims about Kylian Mbappe

Mathias Pogba brands Paul Pogba 'a so-called Muslim steeped in witchcraft' amid fetish claims about Kylian Mbappe

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Ne-Yo speaks out after wife Crystal announced end of their 8-year marriage

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Eddie Butita speaks on his fallout with Miss Mandi, offers her a job

Sadio Mane the odd one out as Bayern Munich stars take team photo with glasses of beer

Sadio Mane the odd one out as Bayern Munich stars take team photo with glasses of beer

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, adds extra $915 million to his vast wealth in Q1 2022

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, adds extra $915 million to his vast wealth in Q1 2022