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Gicumbi: 50kgs of minerals seized from illegal dealer

By IGIHE
On 11 August 2021 at 05:58

A man suspected of engaging in illegal trade of minerals was arrested on Monday 9th August around 7pm in Gisunzu Village, Murindi Cell, Kaniga Sector of Gicumbi District.

Oscar Byamukama, 28, was at the time found in possession 50kgs of cassiterite minerals. He was at the time with another person who managed to flee as Superintendent of Police (SP) Gisanga Ndahimana, the District Police Commander (DPC) for Gicumbi said.

“Byamukama and his accomplice were intercepted at about 7pm by security personnel who were conducting a patrol patrol in Murindi cell. They were carrying two sacks but as the security personnel were checking what was in the sacks, one of the suspects fled," SP Gisanga said.

Byamukama did not disclose where they got the minerals or where he was taking them. He however told Police officers that their network of illegal mineral dealers also involves Ugandans.

SP Gisanga reminded the public that engaging in mining operations requires a related license and warned that anyone involving in such illegal practices will be arrested.

The suspect and the recovered minerals were handed over to RIB at Kaniga station for further investigation while the search for an accomplice is still ongoing.

Article 54 of the law N° 58/2018 of 13/08/2018 on mining and quarry operations, states that; "any person, who undertakes mineral or quarry exploration, exploitation, processing or trading without a licence, commits an offence."

Upon conviction, the offender is liable to imprisonment for a term of between two and six months and a fine of not less than Rwf1 million and not more than Rwf5 million or only one of these penalties.

The court also orders confiscation of any seized minerals or quarry in storage, trading or processing without a license.


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