Rwanda ministers donate salaries to Covid-19 fight

Cabinet ministers and top officials in Rwanda will donate their April salaries to help fight the coronavirus epidemic

A statement from the prime minister’s office said other officials who will give up their salaries are leaders of national institutions and top government officials.

The government has started distributing food to citizens who relied on receiving pay every day. They have been affected by rigid restrictions imposed during a lockdown that is due to end on 19 April.

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There have been concerns about the food distribution programme; some citizens complain that they were given too little to last them a day.

Some officials of the prgramme have also been jailed for theft.

Last week, the International Monetary Fund approved a $109m (£89m) loan to Rwanda to help tackle the spread of coronavirus.

The East African nation has so far recorded 104 Covid-19 cases.

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