RWAMAGANA - Tanzania and Burundian authorities last week deported four Rwandans suspected of smuggling out of the country government-donated fertilisers, which they buy from farmers, officials of Rwanda National Police said on Monday.
Police and local leaders in eastern Rwanda have been pushing for vigilance in part to stem cattle theft and smuggling of banned liquor across the porous borders to neighbouring countries of Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi.
Speaking at a Police meeting in Rwamagana, the Regional Police Commander, Chief Supt Gilbert Gumira, said there is need for coordination between locals and security organs to control smuggling.
He said that smuggled goods enter and leave the country from porous border points, particularly in the districts of Kirehe, Ngoma, Bugesera, Nyagatare, Gatsibo and Kayonza.
He disclosed that all porous borders both on water and land will be secured forthwith.
“Illicit alcohol, marijuana, drugs and other illegal trade is exacerbated by the porous borders. In our meeting, we have vowed to turn every stone to end smuggling.”
Protais Murayire the Mayor of Kirehe District, where the deportees originate, welcomed the police decision for more vigilance to stem smuggling.
He added that the deportees are just some of the many smugglers involved in dubious businesses in the entire province.
According to the Police, over three tonnes of fertilisers meant for local farmers in Gatsibo, Kirehe, Ngoma and Bugesera districts have gone missing, purportedly in the hands of the smugglers. Investigations are still ongoing.