Four arrested over fraud, attempted bribery

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Four people have been arrested in separate police operations against fraud and related malpractices.

One of the suspects, Jean de Dieu Karangwa a trader and dealer in second-hand clothes in the City of Kigali, was arrested on December 12 after he attempted to bribe a police officer with Rwf50, 000, apparently to avoid penalties for failure to issue an electronic billing machine receipt to one of his customers.

Police Spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, said: “One of the police officers who was in an operation, found a buyer with two bundles of secondhand clothes and asked for the receipt, and he said Karangwa didn’t give him the receipt. When the officer approached Karangwa at in his shop, he instead tried to bribe him with Rwf50, 000 and he was arrested immediately,” he explained.

Three other people were arrested the same day in an operation against fraud and forged tax stamps in particular, conducted in Rubavu and Musanze districts, where goods worth Rwf5.7 million were also seized.

Among the product seized include wines, liquors, powder milk, energy drinks, juice and cooking oil, among other items.

 The three men arrested in Musanze and Rubavu were at the time found selling forged tax stamps.

 In another separate operation, a Totota Hiace plate number RAB 481B was intercepted in Shyorongi Sector of Rulindo District loaded with 10 cartons of powdered milk, 40 boxes of red wine, and 5 carton of Red Label, all valued at Rwf6 million.

The driver managed to escape after her noticed a police checkpoint in a distance, leaving the car and the smuggled goods behind.

Meanwhile, Supt. Hitayezu warned against such malpractices adding that the Revenue Protection Unit, a Rwanda National Police arm attached to Rwanda Revenue Authority, has intensified its operations against fraud and smuggling.

“Everything and business in particular, has clear guidelines that have to be followed because contrary to that you will be held accountable,” he warned.

“We are aware that during the festive season, there are many people shopping but there are also some traders who tend to make quick money and end up smuggling in good or evade taxes that’s is why  operations are intensified during such period.”


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