The women; Marguerite Kangabe, 58, and Dorothee Mukamukomeza, 35, were arrested on Wednesday, August 18, in Mukaragata Village, Rusumo Cell, Gatumba Sector.
The Western region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi said that the suspects had already defrauded 19 people, by the time of their arrest.
"Kangabe and Mukamukomeza were fleecing unsuspecting residents of Bwira and Gatumba sectors of Ngororero District promising to get bursaries for their children," CIP Karekezi said.
He added: "The suspects made parents believe that they are employees of the bursary project, which does not exist, and that parents were required to pay at least Rwf5, 000 as registration fee for each child. So far, we know 19 people, who had already paid the money amounting to Rwf85, 000."
The spokesperson said that some parents got suspicious and called the school administration, where the children were supposedly to enroll.
"The school head-teacher told the parents that there was no such partnership with the said programme to fund for the children education at the school, which prompted the affected parents to bring the matter to the Police, leading to the search and arrest of the two prime suspects," CIP Karekezi explained.
He urged the public to always verify any information they get with their local leaders, the institutions in question and law enforcement agencies before committing themselves to be part of any programme or making any payments, to avoid being victims.
The suspects were handed over to RIB at Gatumba station for further legal process.
Article 174 of law determining offences and penalties in general states that; 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 that Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million.