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Friday Fever

Friday Fever

It’s that time of the week again and excitement is in the air. The mood is different and so is the dress code. In the morning, folks in corporate Rwanda reported for duty donning casual wear instead of their usual suits and suffocating neckties.

In the public sector, Friday afternoon is time for sports. This policy has been adopted by many private companies as well. Earlier today, many employees of both public and private institutions took to the streets of Kigali to burn some calories.

Participation in sports helps to create and maintain a healthy, productive workforce. However, it has come to my attention that some culprits leave their offices early, claiming to be headed to the gym, only to end up in the bar. Is lifting glasses considered a workout?

It’s that time of the week again and traffic is slower than usual. Bars are crowded and bottle cap openers have reclaimed their position as the most widely used tools.

ATMs are spitting money like Monday will never come. Lines in banking halls are longer than it is usually the case. Liquor stores are recording impressive sales. Cashiers are busy collecting cash and swiping cards.

It’s that time of the week again and one part of Remera suburb has turned into a special booze economic zone. In this area, bars outnumber everything else. The entire neighborhood looks like the venue of a big alcoholic beverages’ trade fair.

Bars are set up in multiple stalls of the same building. One property is partitioned into four different alcohol vending units, playing four different songs at the same time. Welcome to Remera.

Of late, my local bar has been attracting more customers too. The ongoing crack down on drunk driving has forced some of my neighbors to keep it in the hood. The much-needed road safety campaign is also serving as an economic stimulus plan injecting money into my local pub.

It’s that time of the week again and I am getting ready for another night shift. Driving home intoxicated patrons in the wee hours of the weekend has become my new side hustle.

Don’t drink and drive. Stay safe.

The author is an adventurer on a mission to discover what Rwanda has to offer. Follow his awe-inspiring journey on ikazerwandatours.com

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