Nyamvumba sentenced to six years in prison, fined Rwf21.6 billion

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 30 September 2020 at 10:45

The Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Tuesday September 29, sentenced Robert Nyamvumba to a six year jail term after he was convicted for corruption.

The former Division Manager in charge of energy in the Ministry of Infrastructure (Mininfra) has been in custody (Mageragere prison) accused of corruption-related crimes since July where his case had been postponed on technical grounds.

The court decision taken this Tuesday rhymes with the earlier solicited sentence of six years jail term, requested by the public prosecution.

Nyamvumba is accused of asking for a bribe worth Rwf7.2 billion from Javier Elizalde, a Spanish investor who had submitted and won a tender to set up street lighting in Rwanda. The tender was won in in 2019 and priced at Rwf72 billion to light up streets on 955.8 Km but later on reduced to Rwf48.4billion after the budget request was revised in the budget statement of 2019/2020.

It is alleged by prosecution that after the tender process was finally approved and submitted for funding in the ministry of finance, and before its execution early this year, Nyamvumba contacted Elizalde (who was not in Rwanda) asking for an urgent meeting over the tender progress.

The duo finally managed to meet in one of the hotels in Kigali, where Elizalde in his testimony stated that Nyamvumba asked for 10% commission to have the tender processed faster.

Elizalde is said to have been shocked over the request and subsequently informed the Rwanda Investigation Bureau for further investigation and arrest over attempted soliciting of a bribe.

During interrogation Nyamvumba told prosecution that he had solicited the money on behalf of Jean Damascene Niyomugabo – the proprietor of Master Steel Rwanda who was to jointly work with Elizalde to speed up the tender process.

Prosecution said that investigators collected evidence from testimonies of some of the ministry officials who confirmed the alleged discourse and intent to solicit a bribe in the name of the infrastructure ministry.

On these allegations Nyamvumba denied involvement in the alleged charges slapped on him citing inconsistences in prosecution evidence of which he said there was no linkage to the alleged crime since he had no authority on the decision made on the tender itself.

Court ordered Nyamvumba to also pay a court fine of Rwf21billion. He can appeal the ruling in the next five working days.

The Nyarugenge Intermediate Court on Tuesday September 29, sentenced Robert Nyamvumba to a six year jail term after he was convicted for corruption.

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