These include former President of the cooperative, Faustin Mbanjimbere and the secretary, Jean Claude Rwango.
Both suspects are accused of involvement in the forgery of documents approving a payment of Rwf 435 million debts the cooperative owes contractors that constructed the abattoir and signing the fraudulent document without the consent of the cooperative members.
During the hearing that took place yesterday, the court ordered the release on bail of co-accused suspects including the contractor, Nzabandora Théogène and Hakizimana Hassan along with the notary Rubavu sector who allegedly approved the forged document and remanded former cooperative heads so that investigations can be carried on smoothly.
Members of the cooperative were not satisfied with the release on bail of co-accused suspects as the current President of KOADU Dukundumurimo; Nyarubisi Bertin Musabyimana said they will appeal against the decision.
“We have welcomed the remand of cooperative heads but not happy for the release of contractors who conspired in the forgery of documents. We are indeed unhappy with the release of the notary who signed forged documents. We are going to appeal,” he said.
KOADU cooperative was founded in 2009. In 2012, it started the construction of an abattoir that had to be completed in 2015. In 2016, the management of Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) stopped leaders of the cooperative over fraudulent acts involved in the process of offering tenders to contractors.