Man intercepted with smuggled goods in Rusizi

On 21 May 2021 at 06:09

The Rwanda National Police (RNP) Revenue Protection Unit (RPU) has impounded 110kgs of second hand clothes commonly known as ‘Caguwa’ from a smuggler in Rusizi District, who was also taken into custody.

Felicien Nziyumvira, 25, was arrested on Wednesday, May 19, in Gitwa Village, Shagasha Cell in Gihundwe Sector.

Four other accomplices escaped during the operation, Police said.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Boneventure Twizere Karekezi, the Western region Police spokesperson, said that a group of five people had picked five sacks of clothes from another group of sailors on the shores of river Rusizi.

"Police had reports about chains of smugglers especially dealing in clothes. They include owners of goods, fishermen or people using traditional substandard boats hired to smuggle them from DRC across into Rwanda, in most cases at night through shared water bodies or porous border, and those who pick the goods from the first destination on the border or shores to other destinations in Rwanda," CIP Karekezi said.

He added that in this specific case, Police received information about boatmen, who had just sneak sacks of clothes into Rwanda from DRC, through river Rusizi at about 9pm.

"The group, which used a remote road, was trailed and intercepted in a forest, four of the smugglers dropped the sacks and fleed but Nziyumvira was arrested in the process and all the sacks of Caguwa weighing 110kgs seized," CIP Karekezi explained.

He warned that Police and the RPU in particular, has heightened operations against groups of smugglers.

He further warned fishermen against facilitating smugglers.

Under article 199 of the East African Community Management Act, which is also applicable in Rwanda, seized smuggled goods are auctioned.

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.