Pierre Celestin Ndayizeye, 37, a driver, was arrested by the Revenue Protection Unit (RPU) and Border Security Unit (BSU) officers at about 5pm. He was sneaking the sacks of used clothes into Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in a tipper truck.
Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, said that Ndayizeye was arrested at La Corniche One Stop Border Post in Gisenyi town.
He added that Ndayizeye had transported sand to Goma in DRC and loaded the sacks of second-hand clothes on the way back.
"RPU had prior information that Ndayizeye had loaded unknown quantities of clothes in Goma, where he had transported sand at a construction site. The vehicle was checked on his return at the border post and recovered the seven sacks of used clothes. Ndayizeye was arrested, the goods and vehicle also impounded as the law specifies," CIP Karekezi said.
In article 199 of the East African Community Management Act, which is also applicable in Rwanda, any automobile used in smuggling and seized smuggled goods are auctioned while the driver is fined US$5,000.
Ndayizeye disclosed that he was hired by one he only identified as Patrick to transport the sacks of clothes from DRC.
CIP Karekezi thanked the resident, who shared information leading to the arrest of the suspected smuggler and seizure of the smuggled goods.
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.