Police in Rulindo District is holding one Jean Paul Nshimiyimana, 34, for allegedly engaging in illegal mineral business activities.
He was arrested on October 30, in Ruli Village of Mugambazi Cell, Murambi Sector.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Alex Rugigana, the Northern region Police spokesperson, said that Nshimiyimana, who is “not a licensed mineral dealer,” was caught with about 12 kilogrammes of cassiterite, which he was attempting to sell at the time.
“Nshimiyimana was known to engage in outlawed mining and selling of minerals, and this times when the District Police Unit of Rulindo received credible information on his whereabouts they immediately dispatched officers, they caught him red-handed with 12kgs of cassiterite trying to sell them,” CIP Rugigana said.
The operation was conducted jointly with DASSO personnel, he said. Rulindo is one of the districts that are rich in minerals, especially cassiterite.
“Due to increased illegal mining activities and other related businesses, Police also increased its operations but also working with other entities to raise awareness against such illegal and at times dangerous acts,” the spokesperson said.
On October 9, Police in Rulindo also arrested five people after they had sneaked into a wolfram concession in Shyorongi Sector. About 20kgs were seized from the suspects.
Some cases of illegal mining activities have resulted into loss of lives especially when done by unprofessional people or enter closed or tilting weak part of the tunnel causing landslides.
Article 1 of the Ministerial Regulations No 001/Minifom/2011 relating to fighting smuggling in mineral trading stipulates that nobody is allowed to purchase or sell minerals without commercial registration.
Article 4 of the same instrument indicates that transportation of minerals outside mining licensed areas (concessions and permits perimeters) is only allowed, when the consignment shows the source mine, its value and when it has the right tag.