Nyamyumba Sector’s Executive Secretary, Elizafani Ugirirabino, confirmed the incident and urged people to avoid entering mines as they attract fatal accidents.
The deceased are Jean Marie Vianney Ndarugaruye and Etienne Nizeyimana who entered the mine trying to save 12-year Ferdinand Ahishakiye who was trapped inside.
Ahishakiye had entered the mine to pick the ball he was playing with other children.
When Ndarugaruye, Nizeyimana and other two men heard of the child’s missing, they entered the mine to save him but the two were unfortunately suffocated and died from there.
Balthazar Nzabonimpa and Samuel Nsabimana, who had also entered with the deceased, said there was no oxygen inside the mine and that they had immediately got out when they were almost failing to breath.
“We entered the mine when we were four but when we were about to reach the child, the two men who were ahead collapsed, that is where we decided to go back,” explained Nzabonimpa.
Ugirirabino said the sector is preparing a special community work to close sub-standard mineral concessions as well as conducting inspection of those with working permits to confirm their safety for operators.