Recovering over Rwf 370 million defrauded from REB remains elusive

Published by IGIHE
On 3 February 2017 saa 04:36
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Rwanda Education Board officials have told parliament that efforts to recover USD 516,000 (over Rwf 370 million) defrauded of the board as it was being wired to Nigeria for school fees of Rwandan students have remained futile.

The REB Director General, Janvier Gasana who was yesterday appearing before parliamentary commission on education, technology, culture and youth said that they followed up the case through Interpol and CID, among other detective institutions only to find that the money had already been wired to several European accounts in countries like Spain and Netherlands.

“It was decided two days ago to send a joint team from the prosecution, Interpol and the National Bank of Rwanda to liaise with security personnel in these countries and work out ways of tracking the culprits . It is still under process,” he added.

The theft was revealed in the Auditor General’s 2013/2014 report which indicated that USD 516,000 (Rwf 370 million) went missing. It was meant to foot tuition fees for 14 Rwandans studying in Nigerian universities.

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 yet the National Bank of Rwanda system indicated that the fund was transferred.

On 10th June 2016,the spokesperson of Rwanda’s prosecution, Nkusi Faustin told IGIHE that efforts to recover the money were being worked out.

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The REB Director General, Janvier Gasana