Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi to return to court

On 28 October 2022 at 01:30

Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi who was recently released from prison under prerogative of mercy is set to return to court over failing to pay debts to plaintiffs who had accused him of issuing unguaranteed cheques.

Dr. Habumuremyi has been summoned by Gasabo Primary Court for a hearing scheduled on 2nd November 2022.

He was released on 14th December 2021 after spending a year and three months.

During trial proceedings, the prosecution said that Dr. Habumuremyi had Rwf1.5 billion in debts.

The clemency granted to him nullified the three-year jail term and Rwf892 fine that he was handed by Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on 27th November 2020.

However, he had to clear all debts owed to plaintiffs.

It is reported that Dr. Habumuremyi paid some individuals in installments but others did not receive a single coin.

The former politician who served as Rwanda’s Prime Minister between 2011 and 2014 experienced hurdles to pay the debts as his university (Christian University) which dragged him into debts was also closed owing to irregularities.

Dr. Habumuremyi will appear before the court following an allegation filed by Daniel Bizimana, a business man who claims for Rwf3.2 million for offered car rental services.

It is said that the cars were used to transport the staff of the closed Christian University.

Sources indicate that the man received unguaranteed cheque from I&M Bank signed on 10th July 2020 before Dr. Habumuremyi’s arrest.

Following his release, it is reported that the man approached Dr. Habumuremyi to pay back his money ’which he neither did nor gave him assurance’.

Bizimana filed an accusation to the court demanding it to order Dr. Habumuremyi to refund the money and compensate incurred losses.

Last year, it was revealed that some of properties of Dr. Habumuremyi including a plot of land located in Masaka Sector of Kicukiro District, were put on auction to clear some debts.

After serving as Prime Minister from 7thOctober 2011 to 23rd July 2014, Dr. Habumuremyi was named as the chairman of Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decoration of Honour from February 2015 prior to his arrest in 2020.

Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi is set to return to court.