Jean Bosco Ndabagaruye was arrested allegedly smuggling fertilizers
In Rwanda’s boarder areas, the vice of smuggling fertilizers into the neighbouring countries to sell them at higher prices is on the rise.
According to François Nsengiyumva, the chairman of task force for harvest and storage in the Ministry of agriculture, about 5000 kilograms of fertilizers were smuggled into Uganda, in the month of June alone.
The vice is manifesting so much in the Northern districts of Musanze and Burera where the fertilizers are smuggled to Uganda.
Nsengiyumva says that towards the end of last month, hundreds of kilograms of fertilizers were taken to Uganda and recently, 250 kilograms were handed over to Burera local leaders by Uganda local leaders due to a mutual cooperation.
“Fertilizers are meant to help local farmers increase farm production and thus improve their standards of living but not for illicit commercial interests”, François Nsengiyumva noted.
Meanwhile, Police in Burera is holding a man identified as Jean Bosco Ndabagaruye, 37, for reportedly stealing over 1750 kilograms of fertilizers. He was arrested in Burera district, Kagogo sector while transporting the fertilizers to Uganda in order to sell them at a higher price.
Ndabagaruye Jean Bosco would get to Uganda passing through Burera District to sell the fertilizers. He was arrested after residents suspected him of hiding fertilizers in his vehicle. They immediately informed police which arrested.
Police Spokesperson in Northern Region Francis Gahima condemned the act and warned those involved in stealing and transporting and fertilizers to neighboring countries stop it.
Referring to fertilizers theft qualified as an anti-developmental act, Superintendent Francis Gahima called on the public to shun people with such ideas and instead report any information about dubious activities so that they can be apprehended and brought to book.