Duo arrested for vandalizing power connections

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Police in Kirehe District have arrested two men in connection with vandalizing and stealing electricity cables.

Ezechiel Ukozivuze, 65, and Robert Rutayisire, 35, currently detained at Nyamugali Police station were arrested red-handed in the night of January 22.

At the time of their arrest, they were found in possession of 20 metres of electricity cables which they had stolen from different houses in Nyamugali, causing blackout in the affected households.

It is said that vandalizing and stealing utility cables is in most cases done at night as people are sleeping.

Police spokesperson for the Eastern Province, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi said that the suspects were arrested by the police officers on night patrol.

“There have been cases of people, who steal electricity cables especially those connecting households to the national grid. During investigations, we got information from the people suspecting Ukozivuze and Rutayisire to be behind the theft,” IP Kayigi said.

 “So in the night of January 20, we received information from a resident who saw them vandalizing electricity cables on one of the houses, and officers on night patrol in the area were notified and they were arrested them with 20 metres.”

Article 406 of the Rwandan penal code states that “any person who willfully destroys or damages in any way, in all or a part, buildings, bridges, dams, water pipes, water pipe routes, roads, railways or any other means of communication or electric power infrastructure, wells or any other buildings which do not belong to him or her, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of two to five years and a fine of twice to ten times the value of the damaged property.


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