Police in Nyamagabe District have arrested four local leaders of Kibirizi and Mbazi sectors in connection with abuse of One-Cow-Per-Family commonly known as Gir’inka programme.
According to the Southern Region Police Spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) André Hakizimana, the suspects were arrested separately on Monday are alleged to have stolen heifer meant for selected beneficiaries.
He identified the suspects as Timothy Muhayimana, who is the Socio Economic Development (SEDO) in Mutiwingoma cell of Mbazi Sector, African Mugiraneza and Thomas Sibomana both former veterinary officers in Mbazi and Louis Karenzi the executive secretary of Karambo cell in Kibirizi.
“They were arrested following investigations into claims of mismanagement of the programme. They are alleged to have stolen eleven cows which they either sold or slaughtered and sold the meat. They are currently detained at Gasaka Police station as investigations into each case continues,” CIP Hakizimana said.
Muhayimana is said to have sold three cows, Mugiraneza stole four while the other two suspects sold one heifer each.
“This is abuse of office and impeding on the government social development programmes; these services are meant to be given out freely to selected beneficiaries and as leaders, you are supposed to oversee and to ensure that this is done in a transparency manner because you will be held accountable for any malpractice detected,” said CIP Hakizimana.
He appealed to the public to stand for what is rightly and freely theirs and report leaders, who attempt to use public offices or powers for their illegal and personal benefits.