Smuggled goods intercepted in Muhanga
Police in Muhanga District have intercepted at least 20 bales of clothes that had been smuggled into the country.
The clothes were recovered in the house of the suspected smuggler; Edouard Bizimana located in Nyamabuye Sector, Gahogo Cell in Rutenga Village, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Southern Province, said.
The smuggler had evaded taxes amounting to Rwf4.5 million, he added.
“There was information that Bizimana is involved in smuggling goods into the country especially second-hand clothes, this prompted Police in Muhanga to conduct a target operation,” CIP Karekezi said.
“Police officers and local leaders went to Bizimana’s home in the night of Monday, where they recovered 20 bales of smuggled clothes. They also took him into custody,” he explained.
Rwanda raised tariffs on second-hand clothing imports from $2.5 to $4 in an effort to promote local manufacturing capacity under ‘Made-in-Rwanda’ policy.
The government argues that the move will boost its local manufacturing sector where the garment sector, it hopes, can create 25,000 jobs.
“Fighting smuggling and fraud is part of the Police routine operations against lawlessness, but also to prevent illicit goods that might be sneaked into the country,” CIP Karekezi said.