Spain has agreed that the government send a delegation of prosecutors to investigate USD 516,000 stolen from Rwanda Education Board, an amount that was allocated to pay school fees for 14 Rwandans studying in Nigeria.
The theft was revealed by the Auditor General’s 2013/2014 report which indicated that USD 516,000 ( Rwf 370 million) went missing.
On June 29th, 2015, the director of Rwanda Education Board, Janvier Gasana responded to the invitation of Public Account Committee (PAC) where he explained that they have transferred the money to the account of beneficiary university in Nigeria but was not delivered.
Gasana explained that they asked the university to give another account .The same act was repeated where it was realized that the money was not delivered to the university for the second time while the National Bank of Rwanda indicated that the fund was transferred.
This confusion pushed REB to ask the assistance from police where the investigation established that the money was diverted to the account of a person from Spain.
The spokesperson of Rwanda’s prosecution, Nkusi Faustin has told IGIHE that there are efforts being put in place to recover the money since it requires to work within country’s regulations.
“There is a plan of commissioning an investigation in Spain to help in identifying the culprits. They asked us to fulfill requirements so that our commission embark on an investigation,” he said.
Nkusi explained that Spain has expressed willingness of partnering with Rwanda to track the culprit.
“There is evidence. We have realized that the money was diverted in Spain.The suspect is there but I cannot precisely tell who he/she is.The most important is the collaboration they have to investigate the matter,” he said.
- The spokesperson of Rwanda’s prosecution, Nkusi Faustin