KIGALI - Police are holding two men on charges of stealing a Rwandan registered vehicle and driving it to Burundi.
Mazone Nsengimana and Jean de Dieu Rurangwa, were arrested yesterday by Interpol in Burundi with a stolen car from Zebra tours, a local travel agency.
The car registration No. RAB 279H Prado Land cruiser was reportedly stolen Thursday last week after the duo hired it from the tour company.
The duo being detained at Remera police post are said to have posed as investors who wanted to start small income generating activities for orphans and widows.
Eric Kayiranga, police spokesperson confirmed the arrest.
Regis Kabanda, Zebra tours’ manager, said that he received a call from Highland Apartment hotel in Gacuriro where Nsengimana was residing, that there is an investor who wants a car for hire.
“I met him there and we agreed 100 US dollars per day. He paid me money for one day and agreed to pay me the remaining the following day but I never saw him again” Kabanda said.
The car was to be hired for two week. “We had agreed to meet in Serena to sign a contract but he never turned up and his phone was switched off,” Kabanda added.
Rurangwa who is a special hire driver in Kigali said that he was linked to Nsengimana by a friend to drive him in his business.
“I did not know him. I was employed temporarily and I did not know what was going on.” Rurangwa said.
Rurangwa who reportedly notified a friend who works with Zebra tour that the car he was driving was being stolen said that he realized it after he heard Nsengimana negotiating the price with several people on the way to Bujumbura.
“He was demanding Rwf 30m and they were giving him less,” Rurangwa said.
He added that Nsengimana had decided to take it to Tanzania where he had found a buyer.
Nsengimana is also said to have left the hotel he had stayed in for two days without paying 240 US dollars he owed.
Kayiranga said that there are so many people who call themselves investors to con people and warned them to be vigilant.