Artisanal mining is done unprofessionally; we want to help the miners upgrade.”
Narcisse Dushimimana, Rwanda Mines Petroleum and Gas Board ($35,000) for injuries and environment degradation caused by mining accidents.
The punishments will also apply to negligence by senior authorities.
But miners say this punishment is vague and harsh.
“Some mining activities are dangerous; that is the nature of the industry. But it is shocking that miners will now be arrested if an accident such as a landslide happens,” said Mr Butera.
But the mining board said that accidents will only be punished if it is “proven beyond reasonable doubt they were caused by negligence or bad intent.”
“Accidents are not punished simply because they are accidents; we shall investigate, then punish,” said Mr Dushimimana. “The Rwf30 million penalty is a deterrent to bad practices. No one will be punished if they