Rwanda: Police boss cited in beating up a journalist

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Rwanda’s Police IGP Emmanuel Gasana, has been cited by the witlessness during the police assault of a radio journalist, Anonciata Tumusime, at the parliament buildings.

Eye witness, who saw police officers assaulting Tumusime, told Great Lakes Voice that, IGP was at the scene when the journalist was beaten up by the officers.

“The Journalist was paraded in front of IGP who was at the Parliament buildings, and then officers started explaining to him that the journalist was trying to interfere with the security, and before Tumusime speaking a word, he was put down and beaten up until he appeared unconscious,” Said a witness who preferred anonymity for fear of his security.

Tumusime says the unfortunate part of his tribulations was that he wasn’t given chance to defend himself before the IGP. A police source said, “We were called to come and take the journalist at Remera police station, we had a car with Gasabo district Police commander, and told to detain him, then when the community policing commissioner came at the station, we were yet to put him in and told us to let him go and also help him to the doctor.”

“When I woke up, the Police officer by the name Ndekezi was pointing the pistol [short gun] on me, I don’t know why I was beaten up really,” Tumusime said

On the phone interview, President of Rwanda journalists association, Collins Haba who is also the managing director of Rwanda’s daily New Times said he had had two incidents and is meeting the police spokesman to understand what really happened.

“I have talked to Supt Badege, we are meeting to find out what really happened with both journalists, and then we shall come up with our position after meeting the committee,” said Haba without explaining why his association is slowly to act.

Government owned media high council officer in charges of journalists’ protection, Luke Ibrahim Karema told Great Lakes Voice that He has finished up with the detailed report concerning the two journalist’s attack.” it’s up to Media High council to take action, my part was just to do investigation” karema said.


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