Ar­ti­sanal min­ing is done un­pro­fes­sion­ally; we want to help the min­ers up­grade.”

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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

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