According to RIB, the arrest of Apostle Yongwe took place on Sunday, October 1, 2023. He is detained at the Kimihurura RIB Station while his file is being processed to be transferred to the Prosecution.
Dr. Murangira B. Thierry, the spokesperson for RIB, has informed IGIHE that the preacher was apprehended on charges related to the fraudulent acquisition of another person’s property.
This action is in violation of Rwanda’s penal code, specifically Article 174, which penalizes the fraudulent acquisition of someone else’s property.
Article 174 of Rwanda’s penal code states that any individual who deliberately obtains another person’s property fraudulently, either through the use of false identities or qualities, with the intent to create hope or fear of harm, and gains a portion or the entirety of their fortune, commits a criminal offense.
If found guilty, the suspect could face imprisonment for a period ranging from two to three years, along with a fine ranging from Rwf3 million to Rwf5 million.
Dr. Murangira has emphasized the importance of the general public being aware of legal provisions in their daily lives and avoiding involvement in criminal activities.
Sources indicate that Apostle Yongwe may have been arrested due to allegations of deceiving many individuals by promising them prayers to solve their problems, despite their situations not improving.
Formerly a follower of the ADEPR church, Yongwe is currently leading the Horebu Church, which is situated in Kagugu, Gasabo District. He has been known to claim that he makes a living from followers’ offerings.