Sun. Jul 12th, 2020

RMC dismisses reports that it disowned journalists facing fraud charges as fake news

Theoneste Nsengimana (R) (PHOTO/Courtesy)

By George Kalisa

Rwanda Media Commission (RMC) has today dismissed news doing the rounds that it officially disassociated itself from Theoneste Nsengimana, a journalist arrested over fraud last month, as fabrications.

“RMC wishes to inform the general public that news published by The Chronicles and also propagated by Williams Ntwari, a journalist that media body disassociated itself from Theoneste Nsengimana, saying he is not a journalist in an alleged report submitted to Court is baseless and unfounded,” RMC tweeted today.

“No authorities at any level have approached us requesting for information about Theoneste Nsengimana,” added RMC.

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) on April13 arrested Theoneste Nsengimana, who manages a Youtube channel dubbed Umubavu TV, over fraud.

 “Fraud is a crime punishable by the law. RIB will not tolerate any one who wants to take advantage of citizens affected by Coronavirus and use them in his or her own interests,” said RIB in a tweet after arresting of the suspect.

RIB said that the suspect had attempted to sway residents to confess that they had received food relief from international community as a support to people made vulnerable by COVID-19 pandemic and each gets Rwf20, 000. No food relief had been given to the residents.

This story was to be sold in the interest of the suspect, added RIB.

Court denied Theoneste Nsengimana bail yesterday.

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