Melodie was arrested around 4:00 p.m. upon arrival in Bujumbura City on 31st August 2022.
His arrest was also confirmed by Burundi’s Ministry of Interior, Community Development and Public Security on the same day which indicated that he was held in custody for investigation over swindling.
Sources revealed that Melodie was taken into Police custody as soon as he left the airport for interrogation on the accusations filed by a man identified as Toussaint who had invited him to stage a concert in 2018.
The artiste had to perform in Burundi on 25th December 2018 but missed out. Later on, it was reported that the organizer asked for reimbursement.
As he was arrested in Burundi this week, sources reveal, the man demanded Bruce Melodie to refund the advance of US$2000 he had paid him out of US$6 million contract to stage a concert and provide 30 million Burundian Francs in compensation of incurred losses.
It is said that Melodie paid the money but was obliged to pay more Rwf12 million which he did and released to proceed with concerts on last minute.
Melodie was released in the evening of Friday 2nd September 2022.