Eight arrested as RIB cracks down on job exam fraud

By Esther Muhozi
On 23 February 2024 at 02:00

The Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested eight individuals, including financial auditors, a finance and administration officer, and investment and labor officers, for their involvement in fraudulent activities related to job examination processes.

Among those detained are four financial auditors, namely the Financial Auditor of the National Cooperative Agency in Rwanda, the Financial Auditor at the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), the Financial Auditor in Ruhango District and the Financial Auditor in Ngoma District.

Additionally, four other individuals were arrested, including the Finance and Administration Officer in Gishubi Sector in Gisagara District, and Investment and Labor Officers in Kansi, Kigembe, and Gikonko Sectors, all in Gisagara District.

RIB spokesperson, Dr. Murangira B. Thierry, has told IGIHE that one of the methods used in these crimes involved stealing examination materials from the Ministry of Public Service and Labour’s E-recruitment system and selling them to candidates competing for various job positions.

Dr. Murangira stated, "Those arrested are suspected of stealing exams prepared for candidates and then selling them to those who were contesting for job positions."

"The investigation is ongoing to uncover anyone involved in these activities, including those who secured jobs through these fraudulent means."

Files for five of the suspects have been sent to the prosecution in February 2024, while the files for the remaining three are being prepared for submission in accordance with the law.

Dr. Murangira highlighted the charges against the suspects, including solicitation, receiving or offering bribes, fraudulently acquiring someone else’s property, failing to explain the origin of assets, unauthorized access to computer systems or networks, and identity fraud.

Dr. Murangira reminded the public to avoid such fraudulent activities, emphasizing not only their illegality but also their potential to deny opportunities to deserving candidates and to negatively impact the quality of work.