Suspected conman arrested in Kayonza

On 22 March 2021 at 06:47

Police in Kayonza District, on Saturday, March 20, arrested one Celestin Sebahutu, 50, for allegedly defrauding unwitting members of the public.

In one of the cases, Sebahutu allegedly fleeced one Thadee Misiri, a resident of Mwiri Sector of Frw30, 000 after making him believe that he will connect him to one of the local telecom companies to build a tower in his land for a bigger pay.

Sebahutu was arrested in Mwiri village, Migera cell in Mwiri sector.

The Eastern region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana said that on January 22, Sebahutu went to Misiri and convinced him that one of the telecom companies was surveying the area looking for land to erect a tower.

"Sebahutu demanded Rwf30000, which he claimed was to facilitate the communication between him and one of the managers of the telecom company. Since then, he went missing," said CIP Twizeyimana.

The victim reported the fraud few days later. Both Sebahutu and Misiri are residents of Mwiri Sector.

The suspect surfaced again in his village on March 20, when he was spotted by Misiri, who called the Police and took him into custody.

CIP Twizeyimana advised members of the public to be vigilant against such conmen.
Sebahutu was handed over to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) at Rukara station for further legal action.

Article 174, any person who, by deception, obtains another person’s property, whole or part of his/her finance by use of false names or qualifications, or who offers positive promises or who threatens of future misfortunes, commits an offence.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years and not more than three years, and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million.