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Livestock officer arrested for misallocation of semen, misuse of resources in Girinka Program

By IGIHE
On 5 January 2024 at 09:02

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has taken into custody a livestock officer from Kayonza District, uncovering a series of illicit activities linked to the Girinka program.

The individual detained on January 3, 2024, is facing multiple charges, including the misappropriation of drugs and equipment intended for treatment of cows within the Girinka program, resulting in the unfortunate death of some animals. Additionally, the suspect stands accused of diverting semen designated for artificial insemination in Girinka cows.

In the commission of these offenses, the accused employed counterfeit documents, creating a fraudulent list of individuals who purportedly received drugs and equipment for animal treatment but had not actually received any such provisions.

RIB underscores its unwavering commitment to a zero-tolerance policy against embezzlement offenses of this nature and urges all Rwandans to avoid engaging in activities that pose a threat to the country’s economy. Perpetrators caught committing such crimes will be held accountable and face the law.

The defendant is currently in custody at Remera RIB Station, awaiting the submission of his case to the Prosecutor’s Office.

The employee is being prosecuted for embezzlement under Article 10 of Law No. 54/2018 of 13/08/2018 on anti-corruption. This crime carries a potential sentence of imprisonment ranging from seven to ten years and a fine equaling three to five times the value of the stolen property.

Additionally, the accused is facing charges of misusing public resources, an offense punishable by Article 12 of the same law. Conviction for this crime may result in imprisonment for more than five but not exceeding seven years, accompanied by a fine ranging from three to five million Rwandan francs.

The third charge pertains to forging, altering documents, or using forged documents, as outlined in Article 276 of Law NÂș68/2018 of 30/08/2018. If found guilty, the individual may face imprisonment lasting from seven to ten years and a fine ranging from two to three million Rwandan francs, or one of these penalties.


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