The government of Rwanda pumped millions through cooperatives to support Gacaca court mediators in 2009.
Some members of mediation committees in Musanze district have told IGIHE that they benefited nothing from the funds which they say remained in hands of the management.
“We heard about the funds the government granted us after completing Gacaca court cases. We don’t know the amount of money given to us. I only remember the Rwf 2000 they gave me to invest in poultry farming and we were supposed to refund it within three months,” said a member of mediation committee.
The management of these cooperatives attribute the loss incurred to representatives at district level which asked to secure Rwf 350,000 for trainings of board members of each cooperative and Rwf 48,000 to support Musanze FC team.
Members of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) who visited Musanze District last week 15 cooperatives of Gacaca court mediation committees are on the brink of disappearance.
The committee tasked Musanze District leaders to recover the funds by all means. “The money was meant to be invested into income generating activities. You have to recover misallocated funds,” said MP Jeanne D’Arc Uwimanimpaye.
Musanze District vice Mayor, Ndaberewe Augustin has told IGIHE that the issue will be addressed soon.