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Rwanda Police Arrests Five In Operations Against Motorcycle Theft

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested five people belonging to the same racket suspected to be behind series of violent motorcycle theft in City of Kigali.

They were showed to the media on Wednesday, July 21, at the Police metropolitan headquarters in Remera, Gasabo District.

The ring include the trio of Claude Dusabimana alias Eric, 25, Alphonse Biziyaremye also known as Micheal, 37, and Jean Claude Rusigariye guising as Tuyizere; whose role was to identify and to steal motorcycles.

Others include Jean Claude Bitondeyiki, a broker, who was charged with searching for buyers, and Oscar Hagenimana, one of those who were buying stolen motorcycles.

One of the thieves, Alphonse Biziyaremye, a resident of Kanyinya Sector, Nyarugenge District, narrated that they would lure a taxi-moto operator to an ambush, assault him before disappearing with the motorcycle.

The theft operation, he added, would be executed either late in the evening or in the wee morning hours.

“We had different roles; Tuyizere Rusigariye was responsible for identifying luring the taxi-moto operator from Amashyirahamwe house in Nyabugogo to an ambush near Metafoam factory in Kigali Sector Nyarugenge District. Me and Dusabimana, would mount the ambush,” Biziyaremye explained.

He added that as soon as the motorcylist stopped at the agreed spot, Tuyizere would hit him on the head with an object.

Biziyaremye and Dusabimana would also jump out of the bush to help him in the assault before disappearing with the motorcycle leaving the victim unconcious.

This was also corroborated by Dusabimana, who added that after hitting the motorcyclist with an object and falling down, he would be shielded by Biziyaremye and Dusabimana to grab the moto and ride away.

According to Hagenimana, a motorcycle mechanic, he bought three motos from the trio. He added that they were connected to him by Bitondeyiki.

“I bought the first one from them for Frw270, 000, the second one at Frw280, 000 and paid them Frw290, 000 for the third moto. I was disassembling all the motorcycles, sell spare parts or use them to fix other motorcycles,” said Hagenimana.

The suspects were handed over to RIB for further investigations and legal process.

One of the victims identified as Jean Pierre Sayinzoga, a resident of Mageragere Sector in Nyarugenge District, narrated the ordeal.

“On May 29, I picked a passenger (Tuyizere) at Amashyirahamwe house in Nyabugogo, who told me that he was going to a place near Metafoam factory. As we approached the factory about 100 metres away, he told me to stop and at that moment he grabbed me and tried to strangle me,” Sayinzoga narrated.

“Two other people appeared from the bush and also started assaulting me targeting mainly the upper part of the body until I was unconcious and they left, probably thinking that I was dead.”

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that this was a two-month operation to identify and arrest people behind the series of violent motorcycle theft in Kigali.

“There has been several cases of motorcycle theft in Kigali as reported by victims. In response to these series of theft, Police arrested these five suspects, who were playing different roles, and recovered three out of the five motorcycles that were stolen through the same scenario,” CP Kabera said

He warned people, who think that Rwanda National Police is much taken by the current Covid-19 period and enforcement of the directives, and perceive this as an opportunity to commit crimes.

“Police enforces all laws and directives; if you think that there is a window for you to implement your evil plans, think twice and think wisely,” CP Kabera warned.

Real time information sharing on the theft or crime, he added, facilitates early response and timely successful operations.

Theft under article 166 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, attracts an imprisonment of between one and two years and a fine of not less than Frw1 million but not more than Frw2 million, a community service of six months or one of these penalties.

However, in article 167, the penalty doubles if the crime was committed at night or by more than one person.

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Kenya’s Express Automation Limited Blacklisted Over Fraud

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A Kenyan IT firm, Express Automation Limited has been found exposed for its involvement in dubious activities which can be described as acts of fraud.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said that Express Automation Limited has been undertaking multi-million dollar projects for leading multinationals and local commercial banks.

However, Express Automation said in an earlier interview its main clients are not only multinationals but also small and medium enterprises across the EAC region.

However, AfDB said an investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that Express Automation Limited engaged in fraudulent practices during a tender for the technical security upgrade to the Bank’s Eastern Africa Regional Centre.

The technical security upgrade was aimed at upgrading the existing security system in the Bank’s Eastern Africa Regional Centre in Nairobi.

“The African Development Bank Group, on October 7, 2021, announces the 36-month debarment of Express Automation Limited with effect from 18 August 2021. Express Automation Limited is a limited liability company registered under the laws of the Republic of Kenya,” said AfDB in a statement.

 

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Fibre Optic Cable Thief Arrested In Rusizi District

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Rwanda National Police is holding Emmanuel Habimana, 23 arrested in connection with vandalising fibre optic internet cables in Rusizi district.

Habimana was arrested on Monday in Karambo Village, Cyangugu Cell, Kamembe Sector with two fiber optic cables, which he unearthed.

“Some areas residents saw Habimana in the bush digging and they became suspicious. When they approached him, the found that he was exhuming under-ground internet cables. They called the Police and the suspect was put into custody. He had already vandalized and stolen 8 metres of the fiber optic cables, which he was caught with,” said, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi Western region Police spokesperson.

Habimana did not divelge further information on where he was to take the cables of other people involved.

CIP Karekezi commended residents, who shared information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

He further said that investigations are still underway to identify and bring to justice those that Habimana was working with.

The spokesperson appealed to the public to protect such infrastructures and to report any sort of vandalism.

The suspect was handed over to RIB at Kamembe for further legal process.

Article 182 of the law relating to offences and penalties in general states, “any person, who maliciously demolishes or damages in any way, in whole or in part of construction, building, bridge, dams, water pipes and their routes, railway rails or any other means of communication or electric power infrastructure, wells or any other constructions, which do not belong to him, commits an offence.”

Upon conviction, he is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than three (3) years and not more than five (5) years with a fine of not less than Frw3 million and not more than Frw5 million.

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Rwandan Foils Deadly Terror Plot

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Rwanda National Police and Rwanda Investigations Bureau (RIB) on Friday afternoon paraded 13 suspected terrorists that had planned to blow up parts of Kigali and other towns in the country.

“Rwanda Police worked with other security organs in dismantling this terror cell. The suspects were arrested in the City of Kigali, Rusizi and Nyabihu Districts,” Police said on Friday.

According to Police, “investigations have revealed that the terror cell worked with Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) that is affiliated to ISIS. ADF is based in North Kivu, East of The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).”

The suspects were arrested through close collaboration between security organs and citizens according to Police .

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that Rwanda police worked with other security organs to dismantle the terror cell, which was planning to carry terror attacks mainly in City of Kigali.

“Police worked with other security organs and the public to identify and apprehend members of the terror cell. They were arrested separately in City of Kigali, Rusizi and Nyabihu districts with different improvised explosive devices (IEDs) materials that include; wires, nails, phones, explosives and videos for radicalization,” CP Kabera said.

CP Kabera appreciated the public for their community policing spirit that helped to prevent the attacks, likely loss of lives, destruction of property but equally important to dismantle the terror cell by arresting its members.

“We appreciate people, who were responsive and worked with security organs in sharing and corroborating in order to prevent these attacks. Police together with other security organs will continue to prevent and fight against terrorism and ensure public security and safety,” CP Kabera said.

He further called upon anyone with more information, which could help to track anyone that could be linked to the terror cell, to come forward.

Terror suspect: Hassan Mbaraga

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Ismael Niyonshuti and Hassan Mbaraga are among members of the terror cell, who were arrested. They narrated on how they joined the terror group with intention to destabilize Rwanda.

They disclosed that they were recruited by their colleagues and trained by a Kenyan national, who was part of the IS-linked terrorists in Cabo Delgado, where they were subdued by the joint Rwanda and Mozambique forces.

“I was arrested on August 31, a week after I got connected to the Kenya national, who was coming from Mozambique. He is the one who was training us on how to use explosives to target specific buildings in revenge for Rwanda’s intervention in Cabo Delgado,” said Niyonshuti.

He added: “The mission was to carry out an attack on KCT (Kigali City Tour) with explosives through an electronics shop operating on the ground floor, and a petrol station in Nyabugogo.”

On his part, Mbaraga revealed that he was recruited by Niyonshuti and that they had planned to detonate explosives in Kigali and other parts of the country.

The suspects face about seven charges which include conspiracy to commit terrorism, joining a terrorist group, engaging in acts of terrorism, inciting others to commit acts of terrorism, illegal use of explosives, and creating a terror group, among others.

They will be charged under law No. 46/2018 of 13/08/2018 on counter-terrorism with a sentence of up to 25 years in prison, when convicted.

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