Bicycle taxi riders in Rubavu district in cooperatives have expressed dismay over their fund of Rwf 12 million they suspect to have been misappropriated. Cyclist members of ‘Kora Ujya Mbere’ cooperative suspect their leaders to have diverted contributions prompting them to call for reforms.
“We don’t know where our contributions and fines were diverted to. We estimate Rwf 12 million to have been misappropriated,” said one cyclist.
Nuwimana Valens, the leader of cyclists’ cooperatives in Rubavu district denies the accusations of misallocating the fund saying cooperative members are just bent on tarnishing his image.
The deputy vice mayor for economic affairs in Rubavu district, Murenzi Janvier, says they were not aware of the matter but warned that they can’t tolerate whoever misallocates people’s funds.
“This matter is serious even though we were not aware of it. We were, too, wondering why bicycle riders were not making progress. We are going to approach them, help them and advise them. It is our responsibility. These cyclists have families to feed. If they are robbed, it affects their families and the economy. We will help them,” he promised.