They were not cabbages; they were used clothes being smuggled

By Inspirer staff.

A Fuso truck was also intercepted in downtown Nyabugogo, Nyarugenge District with four bales of smuggled secondhand clothes.

The bales had been covered with bags of vegetables.

 The vehicle and the goods were also impounded. By law, the driver faces a penalty of US$5000 while the vehicle and goods are auctioned

A boat loaded with 36 bales of smuggled used clothes was ALSO intercepted on February 12 in Lake Kivu.

According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Innocent Gasasira, the Police spokesperson for the Western region, the goods were being smuggled by six men, who were also taken into custody.

“The Police Marine unit has been engaged in awareness against unlawful activities in water bodies and in Lake Kivu in particular, the campaign targeted mainly fishermen and those engaged in water transport,” CIP Gasasira said.

“As a result, on Tuesday at about 3am, fishermen called security organs reporting a boat from DR. Congo that was headed to Nyamasheke; marine unit responded and intercepted the boat in Gihombo Sector, Kibingo Cell loaded with 36 bales of clothes and took into custody the six people that were on board at the time,” he added.

Smuggling of used clothes and shoes faced an upward trend following the increase of taxes to US$4 per kilogramme.

In November last year, a marine unit in Rutsiro District intercepted at least 369 bales of second-hand clothes and shoes that were also being smuggled into the country through Lake Kivu.

At least 33 cases of smuggling of used clothes and shoes were recorded in Lake Kivu last year.

Source: RNP

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,( is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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