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Police Arrests Four Suspected Drug Dealers With Over 100kgs Of Cannabis

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A joint operation by the Rwanda National Police (RNP) Anti-Narcotics Unit (ANU), the District Police Unit (DPU) of Rubavu, and local residents have arrested four suspected members of drug trafficking rackets with 100kgs and 5,000 pellets of cannabis.

Two of the drug dealers arrested in the wee hours of Sunday, March 14, are taxi-moto operators in Rubavu identified as Claude Habumugisha and Jean de Dieu Sibomana alias Fils, both aged 31, who were arrested in Gisenyi Sector, Amahoro Cell with 54,000 pellets of cannabis concealed in 32 bundles weighing 100kgs.

The two commercial motorcycle operators were arrested alongside one Jean Claude Rukundo, a storekeeper at a house located in Amahoro Cell, Gisenyi Sector, which was being used as the store for the narcotics and where the 32 bundles had just been delivered.

According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, the house was rented by one Janvier Hakizimana, a major drug dealer still on the run.

They were handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) at Gisenyi station alongside their exhibits.

CIP Karekezi said law enforcement organs are still working together to locate and bring Hakizimana to justice.

The fourth suspected drug dealer called Jonas Sebareme, 39, was arrested Saturday, March 13, in Busasamana Sector also in Rubavu with 5,000 rolls of cannabis.

He was arrested at his home in Busasamana, Nyacyonga Cell in Kacyiru Village with the narcotics.

“On Saturday night, ANU received prior information from residents about consignments of cannabis that would be sneaked into Rwanda from DRC through Lake Kivu,” CIP Karekezi said.

He added: “An operation was launched, some people brought the drugs from DRC, gave them to the two motorcyclists, who were trailed to the store in Amahoro cell, where they were arrested red-handed alongside the store-keeper and ANU seized the 32 bundles of cannabis.”

The suspected main supplier in DRC is only identified as Rafiki.

“These successful operations are clear indications of the impact of community policing where members of the public become responsive towards breaking chains of supply through real-time and credible information,” said CIP Karekezi.

Drug dealers, he said, use varied trafficking tricks which they change from time to time, but added that the strong partnership with the general public is the main pillar in discovering these ploys.

The arrest of the quartet came following another successful operation in Rubavu District conducted last week in which six drug dealers were arrested with 2,610 pellets of cannabis.

Over 1550kgs of cannabis were also disposed of last week in Rubavu. They were seized in varied operations in the district conducted since 2019, through which over 170 dealers were also arrested.

Rubavu is mapped as one of the major drug trafficking corridors.

Cannabis alongside heroin, cocaine, and opium are classified as “very severe drugs” under the Ministerial order nº 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorisation.

Anyone convicted for dealing in “very severe narcotic drugs” under article 263 of the law determining offences and penalties in general faces between 20 years and life imprisonment, and a fine of between Frw20 million and to Frw30 million.

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Joseph Kony’s Ruthless Commander Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

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At last justice has been dispensed as the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed a 25-year sentence to Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Major General Dominique Ongwen.

Back home in Uganda, South Sudan and Central African Republic where Gen. Ongwen wrecked havoc, families of victims and other people that suffered during his terror operations are now jubilating at the court’s rule on Thursday.

However, Gen. Ongwen who was present during court’s judgement, seemed not bothered. He remained passive as he heard the 25-year sentence handed down to him.

“I am before this international court with so many charges, and yet I am the first victim of child abduction. What happened to me I do not even believe happened to Jesus Christ,” Gen. Ongwen said.

ICC Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said judges had to weigh Ongwen’s brutality with his own tortured past as a schoolboy abducted by the LRA when deciding on a sentence.

“The chamber is confronted in the present case with a unique situation. It is confronted with a perpetrator who willfully brought tremendous suffering upon his victims,” Schmitt said.

“However, it is also confronted with a perpetrator who himself had previously endured extreme suffering at the hands of the group of which he later became a prominent member and leader.”

It was the wish of victims of Ongwen’s crimes that court hands him the full life sentence. The defence had sought a 10-year prison term.

Prosecutors had asked for a 20-year prison term for Ongwen, saying his own history justified a lower sentence than the maximum 30 years to life allowed by the ICC.

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Herman Nsengimana In The Dock For Terror Trial

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This Thursday the High Court Special Chamber for International and Cross-border crimes is trying Herman Nsengimana in the terror trial involving Paul Rusesabagina and his co-accused.

Rusesabagina is on record for publicly heading the National Liberation Front (FLN) and Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD) and priding their actions of killing, looting, kidnapping and destroying infrastructure in communities surrounding Nyungwe National Park forest in Southern Rwanda.

Rusesabagina appeared in a recorded video message inscribed with a FLN logo,  the armed wing of Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRDC). He declared war against the government of Rwanda.

He claimed that after trying many methods, they failed to remove the regime in Kigali.

“The FLN will use all possible means including the armed struggle to drive the RPF out of power since it refused all peaceful ways,” Rusesabagina said in a message both in English and Kinyarwanda. His terror group later circulated the video via social media platforms.

Later, attacks were executed in parts of Rwanda especially the area bordering Nyungwe forest. A handful Rwandans were shot, homes looted and many injured in the attacks that took place in different phases.

FLN Spokesperson, Callixte Nsabimana currenty on a joint trial with Rusesabagina, always took to international media and social media boasting that his rebel group had carried out the attacks.

For example in In December 2019, Nsabimana also claimed responsibility for setting fire on passenger buses in Nyungwe forest, which led to the death of two people and many injuries.

Taarifa investigative team last year went on a fact-finding tour of this part of Rwanda that has previously suffered attacks from barbaric terrorists known as the National Liberation Front (FLN).

Daniel Minani, 66, had just gone to bed at 10am on April 13, 2019, and suddenly unknown people knocked on the door. They identified themselves as security personnel and told him not to worry. His wife opened the door. They went direct to the bedroom and began looting. “They looted beans, maize, flour,” Minani told Taarifa.

“They walked into the kraal and took my goats, and my son confronted them. They shot him dead. I will never forget the scene. It was a barbaric act. My daughter was about to wed, unfortunately, we called it off. I am still devastated,” Minani narrated his ordeal.

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Police Shoots Inmates In Kirehe District

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Police has shot five inmates in Kirehe district Poilce cell while they were trying to escape, Police Spokesperson, John Bosco Kabera has confirmed.

Kabera told Taarifa that the unfortunate incident happened in the morning when inmates were being led to take their shower. That the inmates ambushed the officer and ran out.

Other officers shot in the air to stop the suspects from running. “They refused to stop, unfortunately five of them ended up being shot,” he said.

The imamates were all suspects that were awaiting to face charges on several accounts.

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