Sounds of of vehicles went silent on Sunday, December 16, 2018, as Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame joined residents of Kigali City in a fitness excercise.
The bi-monthly excercise dubbed “Car Free Day” is an event that features fitness, healthy excercise and environmental protection.
The First Lady, government officials, walked down the streets of Kimihurura in the capital Kigali, where they joined residents for fitness session at Rwanda Revenue Authority grounds in Kimihurura.
Since a couple of years ago, the city closed down the road from M Peace Plazza to the new Cogebanque office to motor traffic for city dwellers to practice sport in this part of the city which was otherwise very busy 24/7. To allow all city residents to participate in the Car Free Day, City authorities close another traffic network from the city to Amahoro national stadium from 7am-10am twice a month.
Interestingly, one of other sessions during car-free day is a free diagnosis of non-communicable diseases, where participants also get advice depending on whether they were tested positive or negative.
Other cities from across the country have also emulated this example of Kigali City.
President Paul Kagame, too, has been participating in the massive fitness excercise.