Kigali, January 21, 2017, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) regrets to learn the death of fourteen miners at a mine site in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province. The accident occurred today morning at around 8:00am when a slope failure occurred at an open pit at the mine site owned by Piran Resources located in Mwulire sector. Our mining inspection team was deployed to the scene after receiving the unfortunate information, the investigation on causes of the landslide have started immediately and partner institutions were immediately notified and have been assisting in the rescue efforts, with the necessary personnel and equipment. RMB deeply regrets this accident and expresses its condolences to the families of the victims. Commenting on this accident the CEO of RMB Hon. Francis Gatare said: “We send condolences to the families of the deceased, to the company and mining fraternity in the country. We commend Rwanda National Police and military for their usual support in rescue attempts and recovery. All mining activities are now suspended as we work with the company and our partners to investigate the cause of the accident, and ensure prevention measures are put in place before mining activities may resume”. Hon. Francis Gatare reminded all licenced companies to remain vigilant with meeting mining standards which involve proper mining technics. RMB has embarked on different measures to prevent mining accidents. There have been countrywide campaigns on professional mining practices. Mining law and regulations have been reviewed with a target of granting licenses to companies with enough mining capacity; mines inspections and monitoring of mining agreements compliance have also been conducted. Mining safety standards have been disseminated to all miners and local government; miners have been encouraged to have occupational health safety workers