Two held over fiber optic cables

Police in Kamonyi District are holding two men in connection with vandalism of fiber optic cables. The cable lines belong to KT Rwanda Networks Company.

Police in Kamonyi District are holding two men in connection with vandalism of fiber optic cables.

The cable lines belong to KT Rwanda Networks Company.

Police said Aphrodis Uwiringiyimana and Aaron Muhawenimana, were intercepted by residents as they dug up the cables.

The suspects are also linked to similar vandalism in the City of Kigali, recently, where they also allegedly stole electric cables.

The duo was paraded before residents in Nyarugenge District before taking them to Runda sector in Kamonyi District where they were also paraded before residents and detained.

According to the Central Region Police Spokesperson, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, KT Rwanda Networks had previously lodged a complaint about their infrastructure being vandalised.

We worked with residents in all the hotspots where these cables are laid out and that is how we managed to arrest them,” he said.

The spokesperson said that Police has since embarked on extensive investigations to identify how much damage the duo caused and if there are others involved.

“We have so far found out that they were also vandalising electric cables, and that's why we urge the public that if they see anyone working on these infrastructures without a company badge and uniform, they should immediately inform the nearest police station,” said SP Hitayezu.

He further warned against such acts and called for tight night patrols and full participation of communities to fight and prevent criminal activities.

“The theft of these infrastructures undermines the country’s development, that’s why it’s the responsibility for all to fight against such,” said the spokesperson.

 

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