Rwandan journalist free after police interrogation

FREE: Ivan R. Mugisha

FREE: Ivan R. Mugisha

Ivan R. Mugisha, a reporter with The East African in Rwanda has been released after being arrested Wednesday evening by Rwanda police over his reporting on a tax invasion saga involving a local stone quarry company Rusororo Aggregate Ltd and the country’s tax collection agency; Rwanda Revenue Authority.

Mr. Mugisha, who was arrested at the paper’s head office in the Rwandan capital Kigali said via his Twitter handle that “I am free! After police interrogation.” In another tweet he added “I won’t say much for now till I first understand what’s really going on, but this should be interesting.”

Last month, the Kigali-based correspondent authored two stories about Rusororo Aggregate falsifying documents to evade taxes and how Rwanda Revenue Authority had dragged it to court.

According to sources, the Rwanda National Police raided The East African offices in Kigali with a search warrant but ended up arresting Mugisha.

Afrika Reporter has learnt The East African is considering legal recourse since the reporter was illegally arrested.

Mugisha’s colleague, Johnson Kanamugire, who was also being sought by the police Wednesday has told this website he doesn’t know why he is being “hunted” because he has nothing to do with the tax evasion stories.

Below are the stories that Mugisha wrote for the Nation Media-owned The East African.

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Rwanda-stone-quarry-faces-tax-evasion-charges/-/2558/3055366/-/msd2pyz/-/index.html

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/Rusororo-under-probe-over-tax-evasion-claims-/-/2558/3036696/-/kc40daz/-/index.html