Police impounds 220 kg of illegally acquired minerals

On 25 February 2020 at 02:58

Police have impounded 200 kg of tin and 20kg of manganese that were being illegally transported and suspected to have been illicitly acquired in Matimba Sector, Nyagatare District and Gisenyi Sector, Rubavu District respectively.

The Eastern Province police spokesperson Chief Inspector of Police Hamdun Twizeyimana has said that police found the contraband of 200 kg of tin at the home of Sindikubwabo Gerard, 20, who is still at large.

“His neighbors knew that he was involved in illegal sell of precious stones. On Saturday, February 22, 2020, one of the neighbors saw him take into his house some bags and informed the police that promptly responded.”

He explained that the suspect had fled the parents’ home by the time police arrived with tin locked in one of the rooms.

On the same day, in the Gisenyi Sector, Rubavu District, at the Rwanda-Democratic Republic of Congo border, two men were arrested as they smuggled manganese into the country which they had mixed with other goods to disguise as ordinary merchandise.

CIP Twizeyimana has called on Rwandans to stop the illegal trade in minerals and argued the public to share information leading to arrest of individuals involved the vice.

Article 54th article 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 license commits an offence.

Upon conviction, he or she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than two months and not more than six (6) months and a fine of not less than one million and not more than five million Rwandan francs.