The Minister on Wednesday, issued the warning to everyone involved in the mismanagement of public resources while addressing the media at the Ministry headquarters in Kigali.
After a meeting in Rusororo, during which President Kagame asked senior officials to stand and answer questions, different high-ranking officials were summoned by the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) to give response to questions regarding misuse of public resources.
The Attorney General said that it should be normal for senior officials to be investigated or questioned in line with safeguarding public resources.
“Leadership is also a mission that people are entrusted with to go and deliver and one of the things that need to be observed seriously is that when you are in power, the trappings of power, the temptation to abuse, might come,” said Busingye.
“We should get used to the fact that leaders are summoned by investigators and questioned or even imprisoned…this is because of the high regard in which this government holds accountability,” Busingye said.
Basing on calls for accountability made by President Paul Kagame to the Expanded National Executive Committee of the ruling party, RPF-Inkotanyi, Busingye said that accountability is a foundational value on which the party is built and must be embraced by all leaders.
“Leadership is a mission people are entrusted with to go and deliver; a leader must fight all temptations that come with trappings of power or else the accountability mechanisms in place will get them,” the Minister added.
Busingye further disclosed that the government is putting more priority on fighting financial crimes because of the impact they have on the economy and the wellbeing of the Rwandan people; he cited corruption, embezzlement of public funds, tax evasion, money laundering, among other financial malpractices, as crimes that slow the country’s development if unchecked.
Last week, Pierre-Damien Habumuremyi, the Chairperson of the Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders, and Decorations of Honour (CHENO) a former Prime Minister, was arrested for financial crimes that include issuing bounced cheques and breach of trust on his part while transacting on behalf of the Christian University of Rwanda which he owns.
The university, which has two campuses, has since been closed by the Ministry of Education.
Several other senior officials are being investigated for different crimes.