February 8, 2022

Police Says It Has “Leads” on Alleged Missing Rwandan Poet Innocent Bahati


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Innocent Bahati

Police said Tuesday that it had “taken interest” into Rwandan Poet whose case has come to prominence with letter to President Paul Kagame by international authors.

In letter published Tuesday by the Guardian, over 100 authors led by PEN International president Burhan Sönmez asked President Kagame to help with search for Innocent Bahati.

The poet, who also taught at Green Hills Academy, an elite school in Kigali, went missing on February 7 last year.

The Chronicles has established that Bahati was working at this school on a part-time basis, starting in September 2020. He left the school on January 10, 2021.

Bahati is said to have been earning Rwf 300,000 per month for his part-time services working in the chemistry lab.

It means that by the time Bahati went missing, he was no longer working at Green Hills Academy.

To date, family and friends have been using social media to ask for help to find him.

The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has said repeatedly that it has no information about Bahati’s whereabouts, and that he was not in it’s custody. RIB also said it would be looking the case.

Police Spokesperson CP John Bosco Kabera said in statement to newsrooms that they had already been investigating Bahati’s case.

CP Kabera added: “We police learnt about this case when it was reported to RIB. Since then police has taken interest in this case,” he said.

“During the course of investigations, we have been getting leads about the activities of the alleged missing person, and detailed report will be shared with the public soon.”

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