13 employees of Rutsiro district acquitted

On 10 December 2020 at 09:41

Karongi Intermediary Court has acquitted 13 Rutsiro district officials and a contractor after spending four months in detention over alleged misappropriation of public funds.

During the ruling held yesterday, the presiding judge Isabelle Riziki declared them innocent and ordered their release on grounds of failure to find evidence pinning them.

The acquitted officials include Executive Secretaries of four sectors including Janvier Ntihinyuka of Murunda, Mpirwa Migabo of Nyabirasi, Alida Ikizihiza of Rusebeya and Sylvestre Bisangabagabo of Kivumu.

Others include the Director of Administration and Finace in Rutsiro district, Alexis Basabose; Ngabo Fadhil Emmanuel, district engineer; Kamana Jean Marie, Division Manager for Corporate Services and Munyamahoro Cyato Justin, the Accountant.

The court also acquitted land managers namely; Nshizirungu Emmanuel of Nyabirasi, Sekamana Théophile of Ruhango, Kagaba J. Baptiste of Mukura, Murari Richard of Murunda and Ndagijimana Aloys of Kivumu sector.

Uwamukiza David, the contractor supplying equipment for the construction of VUP roads also connected to the case was acquitted.

Upon arrest, the employees were suspended for six months asn investigations were underway on suspected connivance in misallocation of funds meant for the construction of VUP feeder roads.

The mayor of Rutsiro district, Ayinkamiye Emerance said that the district will consider legal provisions for the acquitted employees.

It was said that suspects had connived to pay out a contractor before and the equipment were never delivered.