Dr. Emmanuel Hafashimana, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Administration at the former Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Education (INATEK) which has recently changed to UNIK has been proven innocent after his arrest in April, 2016 over alleged misappropriation of university’s wealth.
He was accused of conspiring with Kayumba Patrick, the Director of Finance and Administration at the university who was convicted of the crime and sentenced to one year.
At the time of their arrest, it was said that Dr Hafashimana’s was accused of signing for bills of ghost tenders without verification. Kayumba Patrick was alleged to have forged the tender document.
IGIHE has learnt that Dr Hafashimana who was detained in Mulindi military prison has been declared innocent by the military court.
The information has been confirmed by Rwanda Defense Force spokesperson, Lt Col Ngendahimana René. “It is true that he has been released since he won the court case in which he was accused of impropriety. The court found no evidence pinning him,” he said.
He explained that the investigation indicated that Dr Hafashimana’s signature on the said documents had been forged, proving his innocence.
“The investigation carried by police found that the signature had been forged and prompted the court to declare Dr Emmanuel innocent, “he said.
The communications officer at UNIK, Amini Ngabonziza has told IGIHE that they have not yet known if Dr Hafashimana has been released.
“The university did not sue him. We don’t know whether he has been proven innocent,” he said.
Dr Hafashimana is a military officer of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) which posed the need for the two suspects to be tried by military court.