Border residents warned against smuggling from DRC

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 18 September 2020 at 06:50

Residents of Busasamana Sector in Rusura Cell have been advised to desist from the habit of smuggling through the valley that connects Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo as it is the source of a recent conflict that led to the death of one of them.

The message came a week after Cyiza Jean, a former security guard was stabbed to death by smugglers who hunted him down because he reported them to the authorities and cause their arrest.

Gasirimu Jean Damascène, a resident of the Congo Valley, where smugglers pass says the cause of Cyiza Jean’s murder is cannabis.

“The cause of everything is cannabis because even the deceased and his colleague were being hinted for days to be killed because they claimed to be causing them losses after taking their cannabis worth Rwf 9 million,” he said.

Capt. Uzabakiriho Desire, Commander of the Busasamana Sector in the Valley, urged people to refrain from smuggling as serious measures will be taken against the culprits.

The Executive Secretary of the Busasamana Sector, Nsabimana Mvano Etienne told the public that serious measures had been taken against the smugglers through the valley.

“There are people who have benefited from this border, those who passed through Gisenyi have now moved here. I urge you to stop because we have taken strong action in collaboration with the police and the army, you will never see these motorcycles again.”

On the night of September 8, 2020, at around 7:00 am, Cyiza Jean, 38, a resident of Munege Village, Rusura Cell, Busasamana Sector, was stabbed to death by criminals.

The deceased was a security guard in the village. Eight people have been arrested in connection to his murder.

The valley connects Rwanda and the DRC is the source of a recent conflict that led to the death of Cyiza Jean
Capt. Uzabakiriho Desire urged residents to avoid smuggling
A police spokesperson urged the public to refrain from crime as the law is there and will be enforced
Nsabimana Mvano Etienne told the people that they should stick to the same rope in the fight against smuggling
Residents said there is serious violence by smugglers