The incident occurred on the evening of January 22, 2024, in Rugerero Village, Gashirira Cell, Ruvune Sector. Witnesses at the scene revealed that this wasn’t the first time the deceased had attempted illegal mining for precious stones. In a previous instance, he and his friends narrowly survived a similar mine accident.
Uwera Parfaite, the Acting Mayor of Gicumbi District, confirmed the incident, stating that it occurred in an area where wolfram ores are extracted.
She urged individuals involved in illegal mining to reconsider their actions, emphasizing the availability of job opportunities provided by legitimate companies. Uwera stressed the importance of avoiding life-threatening activities and encouraged people to join the workforce through legal means.
Additionally, in Ruvune Sector, efforts are being made to educate individuals involved in the illegal mining of precious stones about the process of applying for legitimate employment. This initiative aims to deter them from engaging in risky activities and to promote their inclusion in the workforce.