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Director of Construction and Urban Planning One Stop Centre in CoK arrested

By IGIHE
On 19 July 2021 at 03:08

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested Benon Rukundo, the Director of Construction and Urban Planning One Stop Centre in the City of Kigali (CoK) over failure to justify his wealth and abuse of office.

He was arrested on 16th July 2021 and detained at RIB Post in Nyamirambo as investigation into alleged crimes is underway.

“Investigations is underway to send his files to the Prosecution,” RIB’s spokesperson, Dr. Thierry B. Murangira has told IGIHE.

IGIHE has learnt that Rukundo used to issue construction permits to projects not complying with Kigali City master plan without colleagues’ consent.

Dr. Murangira has explained that RIB won’t tolerate anyone abusing office.

“RIB would like to remind people to avoid using public wealth for personal interests because it is against the law. Anyone caught for related malpractices will be subjected to punishments as determined by laws,” he warned.

Rukundo is accused of two crimes including failure to justify wealth and abuse of office.

The article 9 of the Law N°54/2018 of 13/08/2018 stipulates that a public officer failing to justify wealth is liable to imprisonment of not less than 7 years and not more than 10 years plus a fine of 3 to 5 times the value of the property which cannot be justified.

On the other hand, using his powers for personal interests is punishable by the article 15 of the Law N°54/2018 of 13/08/2018 determining penalties for corruption related crimes. Upon conviction, he is liable to imprisonment of not less than 7 and not more than 10 years sentence between seven and ten and a fine between Rwf5 and Rwf10 million.

The Kigali Construction and Urban Planning One Stop Centre was created in 2010 to ensure respect for safety standards in the construction sector, develop and review key area detailed physical plans, ensure quick service delivery mostly in building permit issuance, monitor and advise Districts’ land bureau for efficient service delivery.

It is also tasked to implement Kigali City master plan.


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