Police is Rubavu District is holding Samuel Habimana on charges of transporting untagged minerals and attempting to bribe police officers.
Habimana was arrested on Monday as he transported 1,900 kilograms of Coltan in a Toyota Land Cruiser with plate number RAB 551K.
He was intercepted around Gisenyi Sector in Rubavu District and according to police, Habimana failed to produce documents allowing him to trade in minerals.
“When Habimana was asked to produce a license allowing him to trade in minerals and why he was transporting untagged mineral, he resorted to bribing police officers with Rwf300,000 but they arrested immediately,” said the Western Region Police Spokesperson Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira.
It is alleged that Habimana had illegally acquired the minerals and was taking the mineral to Kigali where he was to sell them.
CIP Gasasira warned that dealing in minerals without legal authorization is a criminal offence which is punishable by the law.
“People should, therefore, understand that anyone caught in such activity will be dealt with according to the law,” he said.
Habimana’s arrest came after a tip from people that saw his vehicle loaded to capacity.
CIP Gasasira thanked the public for their conninued partnership with police which he said, should continue especially through sharing timely information on anyone suspected to be involved in illegal activities.
Article 438 of the penal code stipulates that, any person who undertakes illegal research or illegally carries out commercial activities in valuable minerals, shall be liable to imprisonment of six months to one year and a fine between Rwf3 million to 10 million or one of these penalties.