Police in Gatsibo District, on Thursday, arrested a man suspected of vandalizing water distribution infrastructure in Kageyo Sector and stealing water pipes.
Ildephonse Bazatsinda, 56, a lay plumber in Kageyo, allegedly destroyed 12 metres of water pipes connecting local communities.
The Police spokesperson for the Eastern Region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, said that the suspect was arrested due to information shared by the affected residents.
“Residents had spent days without water, which was caused by the destruction of water pipelines,” CIP Twizeyimana said.
“Residents suspected Bazatsinda, an illegal plumber, for vandalizing water distribution channels, which caused water shortage in many villages of Busetsa Cell,” he added.
It is said that the suspect was also acting illegally to connect or repair water lines for people using the stolen pipes, at a cost.
Indeed, Police officers recovered the 12 metres from Bazatsinda when they arrested him.
Bazatsinda said he was using the water pipes to connect or repair affected channels in other villages.
CIP Twizeyimana called for protection of public infrastructure and report people, who destroy them.
He also warned that only certified or employees of utility bodies are required to connect water or water utilities.
Any person convicted of theft is liable to imprisonment for not less than one year and not more than two years with a fine of Rwf1 million to 2 million Rwf or and community service in a period of six months.