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Seizure of quantities of mineral never seen before in Kayanza and Muyinga provinces


Mar 7, 2023

KAYANZA March 7th (ABP) – The police, the prosecution and the provincial administration in Kayanza (north) seized, at the night of Friday March 3, 2023, 1500 kg of Wolframite-type mineral extracted in the Kirundo and Muyinga provinces, which was going to be transported to Rwanda.

According to the governor of Kayanza, Remy Cishahayo, that mineral was transported on in a dump-type vehicle, and it was intercepted on Manga hill in Kabarore commune, bordering Rwanda. Two people have been arrested and their case is under investigation.

In an interview given to a check by ABP on Saturday March 4, 2023, Governor Cishahayo calls on the people to do battle with this kind of despicable act which undermines the economy of the country. He indicated that the administrative authorities, police and the prosecution had received information that there were confusing objects being transported in a dump vehicle registered under the number BA7952. Thus, they took that information into account in a synergistic manner.

The governor of Kayanza estimated that the minerals seized would come from the Muyinga and Kirundo provinces because in his province, no such minerals are extracted there. He commended the combined effort in the fight against fraud although there are still things to be done. He deplored that fraud is now practiced by Burundians who work closely with Rwandans for colossal sums of money including foreign currency.

He encouraged all those who are tirelessly involved in the fight against this despicable act, which is likely to jeopardize the economy. He invited them to continue on the same path. The same provincial authority also deplored the fact that the high court of Kayanza punishes them severely but that, once transferred to the central prison of Ngozi, they are acquitted by the court of appeal of Ngozi. To do this, he asked the prosecution to apply the law and severely punish fraudsters.

It should be noted that on the basis of the information provided by the alleged fraudsters apprehended, the public prosecutor of Kayanza, Mr. Isaac Niyingabira, in collaboration with his counterpart of Muyinga and with the authorization of the public prosecutor at the Ngozi Court of Appeal, have carried out a search in a household located in Kamaramagambo village, Butihinda commune in Muyinga province. As a result, they seized 741 kilograms of wolframite with tags from the Burundi Mines Authority, 138 grams of solid gold as well as 77.5 kilograms of remains from different types of ores combined.