• Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

The governor of Kirundo warns those who trade in illegal minerals


Jan 26, 2022

KIRUNDO January 24th (ABP) – The governor of Kirundo province (northern Burundi) Mr. Albert Hatungimana held a security meeting on Wednesday January 19, 2022, for the population of Canika village in Vumbi commune, to decide on the challenges that haunt this town, a check on the site by ABP has revealed.

Mr. Hatungimana pointed the finger at those who extract Wolframite ore, saying that some of them are illegally trading that public treasure, and as a result, the country is losing a lot of foreign currency, he said.

He indicated that, according to the investigations already carried out, some fraudsters cross the Burundian-Tanzanian borders, to illegally sell that ore of Wolframite.

The governor of Kirundo province stressed that it would be better to market these minerals transparently, with a view to contributing to the development of their commune and their country in general.

Following the extraction of minerals on that village of Canika, the administrator of the Vumbi commune Mrs. Jennifer Kankindi indicated that we have already recorded harmful consequences, among others the prostitution made by men who have already collected a lot of money, which causes misunderstandings in households.

She added that there has also been the movement of unknown people to traffic in this mineral.

The public prosecutor’s office in Kirundo province Mr. Gerard Niyokindi who accompanied the governor of the province in this security meeting said that they are looking for mineral fraudsters from the same village of Canika, who escaped from the same hill, also stating that 18 kilograms of Wolframite and 350,000 Tanzanian shillings were seized.

Note that many young people from the Canika village are hired for the extraction of that Wolframite ore, which could be the cause of school dropout for some young boys.