Kigali: Bus driver arrested smuggling people to Musanze

On 4 July 2021 at 05:32

Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Saturday, July 3, at about 4pm, intercepted a bus in Kanyinya Sector, Nyarugenge District which was smuggling people from City of Kigali to Musanze District.

The bus plate number RAE 440N was being driven by one Daniel Ndayisaba, 35, with five passengers on board.

The passengers are identified as Dative Uwiringiyimana, 20, Godelieve Manikuze, 35, Isaac Niyikiza, 25, Theodore Nizeyimana Theodore, 22, and Nyirahinyuza, 30.

They boarded the bus from Nyamirambo stadium with each expected to pay Frw7,000 on arrival to Musanze.

One of the passengers, Isaac Niyikiza, who was in company with his spouse, said that they came to Kigali on June, 21, to sell stoves.

This was before movements between districts and between Kigali and other regions, was prohibited.

Niyikiza claimed that the directives found them in Kigali and could not find a way back home in Musanze.

His arguments, however, are baseless owing to the fact that the government gave days for people to return to their home in different parts of the country before the directives could come into force.

"We recently heard that there are vehicles at Nyamirambo stadium facilitating students to go back to their respective homes in different parts of the country. We went to Nyamirambo stadium where we found this bus driver and agreed to transport us to Musanze for Frw7, 000 each," said Niyikiza.

Godelieve Manikiza, another passenger, also said that it was the driver, Ndayisaba, who told them that he was going to Musanze and was looking for passengers.

The driver, Daniel Ndayisaba, said that he had brought students from IPRC Nyakinama in Musanze District.

"After dropping students, I decided to take passengers on my way back to Musanze, and I apologize for my inappropriate actions" said Ndayisaba.

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, said that the vehicle was intercepted by traffic Police officers.

"The recently reviewed directives prohibits movements between districts or between Kigali and other districts of the country. The government gave time for people to go back to their homes. Anyone, who violates these directives will be arrested," CP Kabera warned.

He further warned drivers and other people abusing or using the movement permits contrary to its original intended purpose and called upon the public to report anyone they see undermining the national Covid-19 prevention directives.