“All people are free to use public gardens unless some that you have to seek permission to use them but otherwise they are there to used by the public.”
Bruno Rangira, Kigali City Council, Public Relations Officer.
“To some extent the Rwanda culture contributes to the way people do/not do things in public. For example, relaxing in public is seen by some as lacking a sense of decency. Besides, public gardens are a new concept in Rwanda’s society.”
Patrick Muhire, Fashion Designer.
“People who are well-off are more focused on their business and others from low class think public gardens are for rich people while, the middle class have a background problem of how they will be seen by others (public opinion).”
Fred Rwiriza, School of Finance and Banking student.
“The culture comes in with questions like; ‘What will they say if they see me here?’ so, people prefer to relax in enclosed places.”
Justine Mutoni, Kanombe Resident.