Police in the City of Kigali have discovered a store for narcotic drugs in Kimisagara Sector of Nyarugenge District. Thirteen sacks of cannabis weighing about 450kgs, were recovered on Sunday night, and three people arrested over the crime.
The house located in Karwangabo Village, Kamuhoza Cell. Those arrested include the storekeeper Ezekias Mvunabandi; the landlord Samuel Ahobantegeye, and a motorcyclist Felix Kwizera. This later was caught red-handed, loading about 4200 pellets of cannabis from the house, to be delivered to yet unknown place.
According to the executive secretary of Kimisagara Sector, Serge Ruzima, the store-house was reported by a teenager earlier that day “out of suspicion.”
This prompted local leaders to deploy community patrol commonly known as Irondo, to keep an eye on the house as they waited for the arrival of the police.
“However, at about 5pm, the motorcyclist arrived, entered the house together with the storekeeper, got a sack of cannabis, but they were both intercepted by Irondo patrol as they attempted to leave the scene,” Ruzima said.
A family of drug dealers
Mvunabandi was released from prison in January this year after serving his two-year term over similar crimes. Her sister, Jeannette Uwamahoro is the owner of the store. She is also linked to various drug trafficking crimes, and she is still in the hiding.
The husband, a daughter and two brothers, are also in prison after they were arrested recently in Nyarugenge over drug-related crimes.
Uwamahoro, had shifted from Cyahafi, where she was also wanted over similar crimes, but managed to run another store in Kimisagara. She is also wanted in last week’s similar crimes in which 18 people were arrested in Rwezamenyo and Gitega, where 300kgs of cannabis were recovered.
In her store in Kimisagara, police also recovered weighing scales that she was reportedly using while selling to her potential customers or retailers.
The single room house is windowless, as the only window had been sealed-off and a hole drilled in the wall to help the suspected criminals overseeing what is going on outside.
Local leaders to double effort, registering new comers
Meanwhile, the suspects and the narcotics were presented to hundreds of residents of Kimisagara this Monday. Rwanda National Police sent a warning message against drug dealing and called for stronger partnership and information sharing on those involved.
The central region Police commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Rogers Rutikanga, praised the teenager, whose vigilance, instinct and courage led to the seizure of the quantities of cannabis, and arrest of the suspects.
He urged them to always call the police in case they have information on suspected drug dealers. Contacts include 0788311128, for RPC; 0788311100, 0788311177, and 0788311166 for the DPCs of Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge, respectively.
“Drug dealers are your neighbors, friends or relatives. Just call the police anytime you suspect anything, and let us investigate and unearth the truth,” the RPC says.
Kayisime Nzaramba the mayor of Nyarugenge District, addresses to Kimisagara residents. “We can’t let such harmful substances continue to endanger our children, families and our communities. We need the children of this country to have the best including education; families and communities have to be safer and free from such drugs which are the source of insecurity, and this is a task we all have by identifying and reporting anyone you suspect to be involved,” the mayor says.
As Kimisagara is one of the most drug-prone sector in Nyarugenge, leaders have to double their efforts in recording new members in their villages and always endeavor to know more about where they are coming from, “some of them are fleeing suspected criminals.”
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Jean Baptiste Karegeya
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