Sheikh Habimana in bizarre money theft scandal, arrested

On 18 February 2021 at 09:47

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested Sheikh Hamdan Habimana who once served as the Secretary General of Mukura Victory Sports for allegedly stealing money of Clarisse Uwimana, a journalist with local radio station known as B&B FM- Umwezi.

Sheikh Hamdan Habimana is currently the deputy president of Arsenal fans in Rwanda and the president of Ijabo Ryawe Rwanda Association.

As an umbrella body that brings together all local football academies and training centres, Ijabo Ryawe is also a member of the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA).

He has been arrested in Huye district, Southern Province following the complaint filed to RIB on 14th February 2021.

The spokesperson of RIB, Dr Murangira B. Thierry has told IGIHE that Habimana is suspected to have committed the crime last week.

“Habimana Hamdam, 45, is investigated for money theft crime. It is said that he stole the money from a journalist working with B&B FM- Umwezi. The theft took place in Kinyinya sector, Gasabo district on 13th February 2021,” he said.

B&B FM- Umwezi journalists have through a talk show dubbed B&B Sports Plateau revealed details of the theft.

It is said that Uwimana’s money was stolen from a car she left in parking of B&B FM- Umwezi premises to participate in a talk show.

As she returned, Uwimana missed her money.

This prompted them to review records of CCTV Cameras installed in the parking and established that Sheikh Hamdan Habimana opened the car using another key.

Imfurayiwacu Jean Luc, a journalist working with B&B Fm Umwezi, explained that, CCTV footages showed that Sheikh Habimana entered the car at 12:22 in which he spent 48 seconds.

Since then, Uwimana and the management of the radio rushed to alert security officials.

Sheikh Hamdan Habimana is detained at Kinyinya RIB station waiting for his case to be transferred to the prosecution.

If convicted, he is liable to a sentence between one year and two years, fine between Rwf 1 million and Rwf 2 million, community service for six months or one of these penalties as per article 166 of Rwanda’s Penal Code.

Sheikh Hamdan Habimana has been arrested.