Nine people including local leaders have been arrested in Nyagatare and Ruhango districts in connection with embezzlement of public funds meant for social development, through forged documents.
Five of the suspects were arrested in Ntongwe Sector in Ruhango.
They include Jeanne Niyotwagira, in charge of Social affairs for Ntongwe, veterinary officer Leopard Sinamenye and Pierre Ndahayo together with two other accomplices accused of forging documents.
According to the Southern Region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Andre Hakizimana, the local leader is accused of forging Ubudehe reports in which some funds meant for the vulnerable beneficiaries was swindled.
The veterinary officer is also said to have been soliciting money from people as a prerequisite to put them on the list of Gir’inka – one cow per poor household – programme.
CIP Hakizimana explained that the three other residents also allegedly formed a ghost cooperative through which they acquired Rwf1.7 million under VUP.
“These are the people who are supposed to be accelerating government development programmes, instead they are the ones diverting what is meant to speed up poverty eradication, rural growth and social protection, for their personal interest; we call upon the people to stand up and fight for what is rightly theirs,” CIP Hakizimana said.
“These programmes are meant for public welfare; whoever abuses them is depriving people of their right to social development, that why RNP has established stringent measures against anyone who abuses these programs or embezzles public funds,” he added.
RNP established and reinforced a special ’Anti -corruption and Public Fund Embezzlement Unit’ to tighten its zero tolerance stance against corruption.
Meanwhile, in Nyagatare, four other people are in police custody in connection with forgery of documents and embezzlement of VUP funds.
They include Jean de Dieu Mvukiyehe, the executive secretary of Tovu Cell, Joselyne Banguwiha, chairman of Gashuro Village also in Tovu, Kavutse Jean Baptise, head teacher of Tovu primary school and Bamurange Agnes, the president of DUHUJIMIHIGO, the said ghost cooperative.
Bamurange is partly accused with another person for forging documents indicating that they had formed a cooperative a cooperative called Duhujimihigo.
Police spokesperson for the Eastern Region, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi, said: “The two residents allegedly worked with a village and cell leaders in running the scum.”
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