Illegal mineral dealer caught with 18kgs

A man identified as Jean Bosco Ndahimana, suspected of conducting illegal mineral trade was arrested Friday in Muhanga District.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Sylvestre Twajamahoro, the Police spokesperson for Southern region, said that Ndahimana was found with 18.5kgs of minerals at the time of his arrest in Bahimba village, Rwasare cell in Mushishiro sector.

"The arrest of Ndahimana was facilitated by information shared by residents and local leaders in Bahimba village," CIP Twajamahoro said.
"They had information about a group of illegal miners, who sneak into closed concessions at night, and that Ndahimana would buy the minerals from them."

"During the operation, Police recovered 18.5kgs of cassiterite and coltan in Ndahimana's house, where he was arrested."

He warned against such illegal mineral trade and risky mining activities.
“Illicit mining activities don’t follow legal and safety provisions, and leads to tax evasion. They take place at night and sometimes in abandoned concessions under dangerous conditions, in some cases resulting into loss of lives," CIP Twajamahoro said.

"Mining or trade in minerals has to follow the law; right people being in the right concession at the right time. A dealer has to be licenced to do so."

Article 54 of the law 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, 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.

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