Fighting illegal mineral exploration in Rulindo

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has continued to fight and prevent illegal mineral exploration, mineral theft and illegal mineral trade in the country.

Rulindo is one of the districts in Rwanda that are rich in minerals and where related illegal practices are conducted.

Through partnership with the local communities in Rulindo, Police has continued to make headways against these unlawful activities and illegal have been dealers arrested.

In an operation conducted on Tuesday, September 27, four people were arrested in Masoro Sector,  Kivugiza Cell in Musega Village where they were destroying people's gardens searching for minerals.

Those arrested are AsumanMusitafa, 19, Jules Nsengimana, 32, Jean Claude Tuyisenge, 44, and Innocent Hategekimana, 19. They were handed over to RIB for Murambi station.

Police also seized from the suspects, tools including hoes, spades and pick mattock which they were using.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Alex Ndayisenga, the Northern Region Political and Civic Education Officer (RPCEO) reiterated the role of the public in fighting illegal mining activities.

"These illegal mining practices were reported by the affected residents, whose farms were being destroyed. Mining is done in authorized areas by licensed people or companies, and so is mineral trade.

Those conducting mineral exploration illegal will be arrested, and we urge the public to continue reporting such people," SP Ndayisenga warned.

He further warned residents against entering in closed concessions, which is dangerous and life-threatening.

Article 54 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 licence, 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 Frw1 million and not more than Frw5 million or only one of these penalties.

The court also orders confiscation of any seized minerals or quarry in storage, trading or processing without a license.

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