The suspects are identified as Samuel Nkundineza, 37 Janvier Mukunzi, 38, Charles Bariyanga, 29, Emmanuel Tuyishime, Rosine Umubyeyi, Emmanuel Muyirama, 19, and Elias Kamanzi, 20. They were all arrested separately in Nyarwamba Village, Muyogoro Cell in Huye Sector with the stolen bags of cement.
The Southern region Police spokesperson, Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire said that Police officers on night patrol first arrested the duo of Nkundineza and Tuyishime transporting seven bags on cement on bicycles.
“Nkundineza and Tuyishime were stopped at about 3am transporting four bags and three bags of cement, respectively. Nkundineza disclosed that he has been buying bags of cement from employees working with the company constructing Huye-Kibeho road and that he was also selling them to traders in Muyogoro cell,” said SP Kanamugire.
The suspects, he added, led Police officers to traders, who were buying the cement.
"36 bags were recovered from Umubyeyi, 13 from Bayingana and six others from Mukunzi. Muyirama and Kamanzi are the employees of the road construction company, who were stealing and selling the cement, who were also located and arrested later," SP Kanamugire said.
Nkundineza disclosed that he was buying each bag of cement for Frw6, 000 and selling it at Rwf8, 000.
SP Kanamugire said the road construction firm has been reporting theft of their materials including cement, from their stores
Marcel Hodari, head of security for the construction firm, thanked RNP for recovering the cement.
SP Kanamugire said that investigations are still underway to ascertain if there are other materials that were stolen and other people involved.
The suspects were handed over to RIB at Huye station for further legal process.
Article 166 of the law determining offenses and penalties in general states that any person convicted for theft is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than one year and not more than two years and a fine of not less than Rwf1 million and not more than Rwf2 million, community service in a period of six (6) months or only one of these penalties.
The penalty doubles, if the theft was carried out at night or by more than one person.