173 kilogrammes of untagged minerals have been intercepted in Rutsiro District as they were being smuggled to Kigali.
The police spokesman for the Western Province, inspector Theobald Kanamugire, said a Land Cruiser was stopped by the Revenue Protection Unit (RPU) at a police roadblock in Miyira Cell of Manihira Sector, and the minerals were discovered.
“Police officers were conducting routine checks at the roadblock in Rufunzo village when they discovered minerals in the vehicle but the driver didn’t have legal documents for the transport. So he was immediately arrested and detained at Gihango Police station, while the vehicle and minerals were impounded for investigation,” Kanamugire said.
“Besides the lack of papers, the way of transporting the minerals contravened the guidelines which indicate that minerals should be transported in a metallic container,” he explained. “This is fraudulent business aimed at tax evasion; minerals are supposed to be tagged by licensed dealers or companies.”
The police has been cracking down on smuggling of minerals. In March, police in Rulindo found some 600 kilogrammes of smuggled Wolfram, and arrested two people.