Rwanda bans ban Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones

Rwanda has become the first African country to ban importation of troubled Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) director general, Maj. Partrick Nyirishema, attributed the ban to safety issues.

“For safety reasons, consumers who may have individually bought them abroad are required to power them down and return them to where they were purchased,” reads a statement released on Wednesday.

This comes a month after RwandAir banned them on its flights.

RwandAir urged passengers in possession of these devices to turn them off and not to charge them onboard the aircraft.

“In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, RwandAir has banned the transportation of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phones as Cargo aboard its flights. Passengers are strongly advised to ensure that no mobile phone is used during the flight and not to stow them in any checked baggage,” RwandaAir said on September 20.

The South Korea-based firm permanently halted the production and sales of device early this week after failing to rectify the problem.

On Thursday, Samsung announced an expanded voluntary recall on all original and replacement Galaxy Note7 devices sold or exchanged in the United States.

“Since the affected devices can overheat and pose a safety risk, we are asking consumers with a Galaxy Note7 to power it down and contact the carrier or retail outlet where they purchased their device. Consumers who have a Galaxy Note7 device can now exchange their phone for any Samsung Smartphone, or receive a refund under the terms of the expanded U.S. Note7 Refund and Exchange Program,” reads the announcement.

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