It is said that the journalist was beaten in Rubona village as he went to cover news in the area.
According to sources, there were different roads clocks in the village controlled by young men with sticks to restrict movements.
Residents who could not reach markets or nearby public water tap invited the journalist to cover the situation for top officials’ attention where it he was assaulted upon arrival on Sunday 18th July 2021.
It is said that the journalist went to a health facility for medical attention where he received medications and returned home but officials from Nyagatare district defended the village leader saying that the journalist was not beaten.
The situation attracted RIB’s intervention which has revealed that Sam Kalisa, the leader of Rubona village and Steven Mutsinzi,25, have been arrested over allegedly assaulting or injuring a journalist working with Flash Radio, Charles Ntirenganya,34, intentionally.
The suspects are detained at Karangazi RIB Post awaiting further investigation before their files are transferred to the Prosecution.
Assaulting or causing injuries intentionally attracts an imprisonment between three to five years and a fine not less than Rwf500,000 but no more than Rwf1 million as per article 121 of the Law No 68/2018 of 30/08/2018.