Man arrested with narcotics and second hand clothes

On 10 octobre 2021 at 07:52

On Friday, October 8, Rwanda National Police (RNP) arrested a man in Rusizi District identified as Eugene Nsengiyumva, 33, with 7kgs of cannabis and 80kgs of smuggled second-hand clothes.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said that the narcotics and clothes were recovered at Nsengiyumva’s home located in Kamubaji Village, Ruganda Cell in Kamembe Sector.

"When Police received information that Nsengiyumva was a drug dealer and smuggler, and that he had sneaked new consignments into Rwanda from DRC. Police officers went to his house where 7kgs of cannabis and 80kgs of used clothes were recovered, and Nsengiyumva, who was also found at home, was taken into custody," he revealed.

CIP Karekezi lauded members of the public for reporting wrongdoers.

Nsengiyumva was handed over to RIB at Kamembe station for further legal process.

Under article 199 of the East African Community Management Act, which is also applicable in Rwanda, seized smuggled goods and automobile used in smuggling, are auctioned. The driver also faces a fine of US$5000.

Tax fraud

A taxpayer, who commits fraud, is subject to an administrative fine of one hundred percent (100%) of the evaded tax.

With exception to that penalty, the Tax Administration refers the case to the Prosecution service if the taxpayer voluntarily evaded such tax, like through the use of false accounts, falsified documents or any other act punishable by law.

In case of conviction, the taxpayer can be imprisoned for a period between six months and two years.

Article 87 of law N° 026/2019 of 18/09/2019 on tax procedures states that a person who, while intending tax evasion, commits one of the following acts : use of forged documents in his or her accounts ; counterfeit and use of documents or materials of the tax administration used for taxation ; hiding taxable goods or assets related to business ; making a declaration indicating that the taxpayer has not made sales ; changing the trade name by a person prosecuted in relation to tax ; fraudulent registration of trade under the name of another person ; hiding accounting documents from the tax administration or damaging them ; use of forged accounting records ; commits an offence of tax evasion.

Upon conviction, he or she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than two (2) years and not more than five (5) years.

The Ministerial order nº 001/MoH/2019 of 04/03/2019 establishing the list of narcotic drugs and their categorisation go classifies cannabis in the category of "very severe narcotics.’’

Article 263 of law No. 68/2018 of 30/08/2018 determining offenses and penalties in general states that any person, who unlawfully produces, transforms, transports, stores, gives to another or who sells narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, commits an offence.

Upon conviction for very severe narcotics, the offender faces between 20 years and life imprisonment, and a fine of between Rwf20 million and Rwf30 million.