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Bales of smuggled clothes seized in Muhanga

By IGIHE
On 13 juin 2022 at 06:54

The Revenue Protection Unit (RPU) impounded a vehicle on Saturday, June 11, in Muhanga District, Nyarusange Sector in Musongati Cell transporting six bales of smuggled used clothes commonly known as caguwa.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla plate number RAB 561A, identified as Emmanuel Ntigurirwa, 34, was also arrested.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobard Kanamugire, the Police spokesperson for the Southern region, said that the bales had been sneaked into Rwanda to Muhanga from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through Lake Kivu.

"Ntigurirwa was a suspended smuggler supplying second hand clothes especially to traders in Muhanga market. It was just a matter of time for him to be arrested red-handed," SP Kanamugire said.

He added that RPU, which had received prior credible information that Ntigurirwa was transporting a new consignment of smuggled clothes, trailed him to Muhanga where he was arrested on arrival at about 5am, with the six bales.

Ntigurirwa disclosed that he was hired by a trader in Muhanga market to transport the clothes from Nyamasheke District. He was to be paid Rwf70000 after delivering the smuggled goods, he added.

The vehicle and the goods were impounded to Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) offices in Muhanga while the suspected smuggler was handed over to RIB at Muhanga station for further investigations.

In article 199 of the East African Community Management Act, which is also applicable in Rwanda, smuggled goods and the vehicle used in smuggling are auctioned. The driver is also handed a fine of US$5,000.

Tax fraud

A taxpayer, who commits fraud, is also subject to an administrative fine of one hundred percent (100%) of the evaded tax and a likely imprisonment of between six months and two years


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