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Journalist Shyaka Kanuma completes jail term

By IGIHE
On 5 January 2018 at 12:13

Journalist and the proprietor of The Rwanda Focus, a local media house, Shyaka Kanuma has been released after completing his one-year term in jail.

Kanuma was convicted of tax evasion and counterfeit in the tender he won at Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Commission (RDRC).

The Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) Spokesperson, CIP Hillary Sengabo told IGIHE on Friday that Kanuma was released on December 26th2017 after completing his sentence.

The court decision was read on 26th October 2017 by Gasabo Intermediate court and Kanuma was sentenced to one year in jail and a fine of Rwf1 million.

Kanuma, 48, had been arrested in the night of 31st December 2016.

During the hearing, the prosecution alleged that, in the process of bidding for a tender in RDRC, Kanuma falsified the salaries of his employees so that he would meet tender requirements.

He later won the Rwf44 million tender without informing his employees.

According to a statement submitted by The Rwanda Focus former employees to prosecution, Kanuma impersonated and forged the signature of his former accountant, Annet Bamurange, to win the tender.

Theophile Harushyamagara, former journalist with The Rwanda Focus said that he realised that Kanuma had released a Rwf500,000 cheque in his name yet he used to pay him Rwf200,000 monthly.

Another journalist Stevenson Mugisha confirmed that Kanuma released a Rwf 500,000 cheque in his name yet he received Rwf300 000 only.

It was later established among employees that Kanuma submitted false information to RDRC to win the tender. The forgery was later discovered by RDRC which filed a case for the court of law.

Regarding the case of tax fraud, prosecution claimed that Kanuma accepted tax arrears of Rwf 65, 256, 589 which he attributed to poor performance of the country’s media industry.


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