540kgs of Stolen Minerals Recovered

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Police in Rulindo District have recovered about 540 kilogrammes of minerals stolen from Rutongo mining concession, and arrested one person in connection with the act.

The cassiterite minerals were recovered on July 26 in the house of one, Elias Habanabakize, 28, located in Migendezo Cell of Cyunuzi Sector.

Habanabakize is currently detained at Murambi Police station pending further investigations.

The minerals were reportedly stolen from the concession owned by Rutongo Mining Company the previous day.

Police spokesperson for the Northern region, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, said: “The management of Rutongo Mining Company reported the theft earlier that day (July 26), and investigations were launched immediately.”

“We later received information about a man (Habanabakize) in the same area said to be involved in illegal mineral dealings. Investigators went to his house where actually the minerals were recovered, and the suspect immediately taken into custody,” he added.

It is said that the minerals were stolen by one of the employees of the mining company, who is still at large, and sold them to Habanabakize.

“Investigations are still underway to apprehend anyone involved in this particular theft. In the same way, Habanabakize will also be charged with unlawful mineral dealings, since he’s not a licenced dealer,” said Gasasira.

Article 438 of the penal code, stipulates that; “Any person who undertakes illegal research or illegally carries out commercial activities in valuable minerals, shall be liable to imprisonment of six months to one year and a fine of up to Rwf10 million.”

 

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