16 local government officials suspended over suspected embezzlement of public funds

By Elina Jonas Ruzindaza
On 7 August 2020 at 08:17

Rutsiro District in the Western Province has temporarily suspended 16 local government employees, including five Sector Executive Secretaries, on suspicion of embezzling public funds.

The Mayor of Rutsiro District, Ayinkamiye Emerance, told IGIHE that of the 16 suspects, 14 were at the sector level including five Sector Executive Secretaries and two others at the District level.

“Some officials have been suspended following investigations over misappropriation of public funds.

They are suspected of embezzling funds from VUP projects,” she said.

She added that there were projects to be done for the residents but the materials that were to be used were not found to be available during a forensic audit nor were they paid for. The materials include stones and sand that were to be used in building small bridges on the sidewalks.

They were suspended for six months as further investigations continue.


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