Twelve arrested in IPRC Kigali saga, case file transferred to Prosecution

On 26 October 2022 at 01:52

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has transferred to the Prosecution, the dossier of 12 individuals facing three counts related to resources misallocation, forgery and theft committed at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional College Kigali (IPRC Kigali).

On Sunday 23rd October 2022, the Government of Rwanda announced suspension of IPRC Kigali for two weeks to allow for investigation into cases of theft and misappropriation of public resources at the school.

Individuals who have been arrested in the saga include the Principal of IPRC Kigali, Eng Diogène Mulindahabi accused of connivance in resources misappropriation and forgery case.

Others include Vander Thomas Muhimpundu, the Director in charge of Administration and Finance at IPRC and Mediatrice Uwantege, the Director of Logistics arrested over connivance in the same case.

Meanwhile, another Jean Claude who served as a storekeeper and Fortune Ndayambaje who worked as the Deputy Director in Charge of Finance and Administration are charged with resources misappropriation.

The Spokesperson of RIB, Dr. Murangira Thierry has told IGIHE that 12 individuals have been arrested under this case. These include top managers and staff at IPRC, security guards and traders.

The dossier was transferred to the Prosecution on Tuesday 25th October for further legal process.

Dr. Murangira has appealed to individuals entrusted with the management of public resources to do it efficiently and avoid misappropriation.

IGIHE has learnt that Rukundo Tumukunde, Nepomuscene Mugenzi and Venuste Habimana are among other suspects facing resources misallocation while Eugene Yambabariye, Nzavugejo, Daniel Harerimana and a trader identified as Alphonse Manirafasha are charged with theft.

Rwanda’s penal code stipulates that funds misallocation attracts a sentence between seven to ten years and the fine worth three to five times the embezzled funds.

Meanwhile, a public servant convicted of forgery is liable to a sentence between seven and ten years and a fine between two or three times the misallocated funds or of the two.

The crime of theft also attracts between one and two-year sentence and a fine between Rwf1 and Rwf2 million.

The Principal of IPRC Kigali, Eng Diogène Mulindahabi is among suspects arrested in resources misappropriation saga.