Rwanda:Radio Journalist also beaten by Police

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Assaulted by Security and Police at Parliament building, Radio Flash FM reporter was at medical Polytechnic commonly known as “Kwa Kanimba” for medical help after sustaining bruise at his hands and legs when Great Lakes Voice reached him.

Tumusime Anonciata, had set out to cover parliamentary committee proceedings carried out in when the attack took place.

“When I reached at the parliament with friends, they entered in the room to cover the budget commission; I had to go for social affairs commission as it was on the invitation. Reaching the door, the security officer dressed in a suite refused me entrance, when I introduced my budge as a journalist, the man slapped my face seriously prompting the police officers in uniform to intervene,” Tumusime said

According to Tumusime, men in suits were like seven in number aided by Police in uniform.

“As I was pleading for help, a Police officer intervened and assured me of the safety, and took me a side only to be beaten up by police officers just isolating me to suffer helpless in hands of ruthless officers until I was unconscious,” Tumusime said adding that the police vehicle commonly known as “Panda-gali” drove him to Remera police station and finally set free

Tumusime told Great Lakes Voice, that from the station he took a motor-bike to the clinic for media check-up.

In a telephone interview with Police spokesman, Supt. Theos Badege, said he learnt about the incident of Police twitter account and he’s meeting the victim to investigate the incident.

“I learnt the case from our twitter account; we are still investigating to know exactly what happened. Am going to meet the journalist now, we shall understand the situation. Please know that Police doesn’t beat-up journalists,” he said

“Actually what police did was been summoned by security personnel at the parliament after the journalist refusing to identify himself. What police officers did was to take him to Remera police station, then after confirming with Radio Flash to be his employers, the journalist was set free,” Supt Badege added.

The beating of journalist Tumusime allegedly by police is the second in as many days. At the weekend another Rwandan journalist was also assaulted allegedly by police in Musanze town.

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