Recovering embezzled public funds was part of resolution two (2) of the 13th National Leadership Retreat which has however not been executed properly as expected.
According to a recent report released by the Prime Minister’s office, implementing the resolution has faced challenges including lack of automated systems to regularly monitor public funds recovery process, revision of existing regulatory framework for recovery of embezzled public funds and mindset of institutions expecting MINIJUST to handle all the recovery of funds.
The Minister in the Office of the Presidency, Tugireyezu Venantie has said that over Rwf 700 million were recovered following the resolution describing it as failure because the target was to recover embezzled Rwf 2 billion.
“You understand that there is a gap in recovering public funds. Implementation of the resolution faced problems of mindsets wondering whether misappropriated resources will be recovered by districts or the Ministry of Justice and urged all stakeholders to put in more efforts,” she said.
She said that the Ministry of Justice is set to collaborate with districts to recover misappropriated resources.
An automated system is being prepared where names will be put in a central digital reference register when those that owe government can easily be identified before they access government services.