Rubavu woman arrested over smuggling, attempted bribery

On 30 November 2021 at 08:38

A suspected smuggler identified as Peruth Nyirampabwanimana, 47, has been arrested in Cyanzarwe Sector, Rubavu District with five bales of used clothes commonly known as caguwa, which she sneaked into Rwanda from DR Congo.

Nyirampabwanimana was arrested with the bales on Sunday, November 28, at about 3am, at her home in Kavumu Village, Ryabizige Cell in Cyanzarwe Sector.

According to the Western region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, in the process of the operation, the suspect also attempted to bribe security officers with Rwf40, 000.

“Nyirampabwanimana had hired four men to transport the bales to her house, but they dropped them on arrival and her home and fled in the process but the alleged rightful owner of the clothes was taken into custody," CIP Karekezi said.

“Nyirampabwanimana attempted to bribe the security officers with Rwf40,000 to prevent her arrest and seizure of the five bales," he added.

The suspect was handed over to RIB at Busasamana Police station while the search for the accomplices, who escaped is ongoing.

CIP Karekezi warned the youth, who facilitate smugglers to transport the smuggled goods. He advised them to find alternative productive activities instead of wasting the available opportunities to engage in criminal acts, leading to arrest and imprisonment.

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 (6) months and two (2) years.”

In article 4 of law n° 54/2018 of 13/08/2018 on fighting against corruption, any person who solicits, accepts or receives, by any means, an illegal benefit for himself/ herself or another person or accepts a promise in order to render or omit a service under his or her mandate or uses his or her position to render or omit a service, commits an offence.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of more than five years but not more than seven years with a fine of three to five times the value of the illegal benefit offered, solicited or received.

Penalties provided under this article also apply to a person, who offers or promises to offer a benefit, by any means, an illegal benefit for him/ herself or another person to have a service rendered or omitted.