The former Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) Chief Executive Officer, James Sano’s grave mismanagement of the utility body was so severe it resulted into intense water shortages, forcing consumers to fetch water from River Nyabarongo where some lost their lives to the jaws of the crocodiles, Nyarugunga Court of first instance has heard today.
Sano and Emmanuel Kamanzi, the former Managing Director of Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) in Rwanda Energy Group (REG) appeared in court to hear mentioning of their cases. Prosecution alleges that Sano misused government resources when he negligently paid Rwf945.5 million for office rent during the period of three years. Sano denied the allegations rejected the accusations saying that all decisions implemented would first be approved by the board of directors but not single handedly executed.
Prosecution requested court to remand Sano for 30-days.
The ruling on bail application for both Sano and Kamanzi will be read on 15th September.
Sano is accused of wrongfully awarding a single-source public tender worth Rwf61 million to Cerrium Advisory Ltd to recruit and orient new WASAC employees.
Sano is also accused of illegally awarding construction of water treatment center worth Rwf371million at Kayenzi in Kamonyi District, without elaborating the terms of reference and without a bill of quantity flouting the standards tendering norms.
For EDCL’s Emmanuel Kamanzi, Police says that he allegedly awarded public tenders illegally and misused government property.
Police says that Kamanzi illegally awarded $45,000 tender for buying ten transformers and 400 electric poles worth $280 million.
The Auditor General’s report issued in May 2017 indicated that WASAC had stock of material worth Rwf1.3 billion which had not optimally utilized and non-revenue water losses amounted to 42%, the equivalent of Rwf8.6 billion.