Rwanda: Rwandan journalist Mugisha released

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - After several hours of interrogation by Rwandan police, Ivan Mugisha, who is the correspondent with the Kenyan-based Nation Media newspaper, has been released from custody, a reliable source confirmed on Thursday to PANA in Kigali.

"I am free! after police interrogation," the journalist posted on his twitter handle.

Reports said that the journalist was picked at the newspaper’s premises on Wednesday evening by police officers accompanied by members of Rwanda Media Council.

It is said that the journalist has been covering the tax evasion saga involving Rwanda’s premier stone quarry, Rusororo Aggregate Ltd, which is co-owned by Fusion Capital, a Kenyan equity firm.

After realising that Mugisha had committed no offence, the police who earlier confirmed his arrest, said that this investigation was looking into allegations of leaks related to the tax evasion saga involving Rusororo Aggregate Ltd.

Rusororo Aggregate is battling Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) in the courts over charges of "cooking the books" to evade taxes. The company is accused of forging loss receipts of about Rwf 1.2 billion (US$1.6 million) to dodge taxes.

Despite current efforts by Rwandan officials to tackle tax evasion and improve financial transparency, it is common practice for some retail outlets not to issue receipts for every purchase.

In December 2015, Rwanda National Police arrested three people, who include two Indian businessmen, for allegedly evading taxes through manipulating Electronic Billing Machine (EBM) invoices.
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04 february 2016 10:26:26

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