Man arrested over illegal mining

A man, 32, was arrested on Friday, December 17, in Gapfura Village, Rusororo Cell, Muhororo Sector of Ngororero District for allegedly conducting illegal mining activities

The Police spokesperson for the Western region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi said that the arrest followed a complaint raised by Ngororero mining company (NMC) that owns the concession and where he was a casual worker.

"On Friday at about 9pm, he who was one of the mining company’s workers, was seen and reported by the security guards protecting the concession. The suspect first escaped from the concession during the operation but he was trailed and arrested at his home,” said CIP Karekezi.

CIP Karekezi warned against such unlawful activities and commended the impact of the public in fighting illegal mining.

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

Article 54 of the law N° 58/2018 of 13/08/2018 on mining and quarry operations, states that; "any person, who undertakes mineral or quarry exploration, exploitation, processing or trading without a licence commits an offence."

Upon conviction, the offender is liable to imprisonment for a term of between two and six months and a fine of not less than Frw1 million and not more than Frw5 million or only one of these penalties.

The court also orders confiscation of any seized minerals or quarry in storage, trading or processing without a license.