CSP Kayumba convicted of theft, handed five-year jail term

On 4 December 2021 at 06:50

Two officers of Rwanda Correctional Service (RCS) including CSP Innocent Kayumba, the former Director of Nyarugenge Prison commonly known as Mageragere and his deputy, SP Eric Ntakirutimana have been handed five-year sentence and slapped with Rwf3 million fine after they were found guilty of crimes including robbery.

The duo was sentenced by Nyarugenge Primary Court on Friday 3rd December 2021.

CSP Kayumba and SP Ntakirutimana were found guilty of crimes including theft, unauthorized access to computer system data and impersonation while co-accused intelligence officer at the prison identified as Ephraim Mutamaniwa has been acquitted.

Another co-accused Olivier Amani Twizere was also acquitted even though he had pleaded guilty of charges against him.

During trial proceedings, the Prosecution said that CSP Kayumba approached Olivier Amani, an inmate at Nyarugenge Prison who has IT skills, to help him steal money belonging to Kassem Ayman Mohamed, a British national also incarcerated in Nyarugenge Prison.

Kassem would normally use his visa card to buy medication and food, and leave the card to the person in charge of social affairs at the prison after use.

The Prosecution explained that Kayumba ordered the officer to give him the visa card, and took it to Amani to help him withdraw money that was on it.

In January 2021, it was reported that Kassem Ayman Mohamed, a resident from the United Kingdom detained at the prison was robbed Rwf9, 144,300,000 equivalent to 7,679,911 pounds.

The money was stolen from his ATM card which he used to shop medication and foods twice a month.

Twizere admitted that he stole money from Kassem on order of CSP Kayumba.

Twizere explained that he was obliged to obey his boss lest he would be threatened and accepted after reporting himself several times to the office of CSP Kayumba to plot the theft.

As Twizere said, he was requested to check balance on inmates’ ATM cards where he established the amount of money possessed by Kassem.

CSP Kayumba who was also present in court immediately appealed against the ruling.

He had appeared in court for the first time along with co-accused, ten months ago.

CSP Kayumba has been convicted of theft and handed five-year jail term.