The bridge that had been completed in September was destroyed on 26th December 2021.
The Spokesperson of RIB, Dr. Murangira B Thierry has said that preliminary investigation identified suspects behind the destruction.
“Some of suspects interrogated revealed that they decided to destroy the bridge because their cooperatives called TITANIC and TUYIZERE IRIHO Ltd that transported passengers using boats had started encountering losses after completion of the bridge,” he said.
The suspects are detained at Rushashi RIB Post as investigation is underway with files pending to be transferred to the Prosecution.
These include shareholders of these cooperatives, managers, sailors and gangs hired to destroy the bridge.
The suspects face two charges including plot to commit a crime punishable by the article 20 and vandalism of a bridge punishable by the article 182 of the Law No 68/2018 of 30th August 2018 determining offences and penalties.
If convicted, suspects are liable to a jail term between three and five years and a fine ranging from Rwf3 million to Rwf5 million.
Dr. Murangira has reminded the general public that RIB won’t tolerate anyone vandalizing public infrastructures and urged them to provide information on time to prevent such crimes or hold suspects accountable.