Kigali City street declared car-free zone

It was one of those surprise messages that make rounds on social media which often lead to speculation as people wonder if the message is authentic or a hoax.

As speculation and debate started in earnest on social media yesterday morning, a news briefing was quickly organised at City of Kigali (CoK) by Dr Alphonse Nkurunziza, the head of Engineering, Urban Planning and Inspections.

“It’s not a rumour, we will start implementing the car-free zone policy on Monday next week. It is within the established framework of the city’s Master Plan for the urban planning of CoK. So, it’s not an imprompt decision and it is being done to decongest the city as well as create space for green areas,” he said.