Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) spokesperson, Umuhoza Marie Michelle has told IGIHE that Rev. Karangwa is detained at Kicukiro station because ‘sources accuse him of forging and using forged documents.”
Rev. Karangwa is among ADEPR top leaders in the past two years as he and spokesperson of the church, Rev. Karuranga Ephrem replaced Rev. Sibomana Jean and Rev. Rwagasana Tom who had assumed similar functions for three years.
RIB has not provided much detail about alleged forged documents but close subordinates have been suspecting his qualifications presented competing for the position.
His diploma certificates show that Rev Karangwa John attended theology courses at Kampala School of Theology in Uganda where he obtained a Diploma in 2011 and continued studies at Far Corners International Theological Seminary INC in Philippines where he graduated in 2013.
ADEPR followers and other education stakeholders have been suspecting the credibility of his qualifications based on a number of reasons.
Firstly; his papers didn’t get equivalence in Rwanda, secondly; the certificates of which IGIHE has a copy have no verification number like other university documents; thirdly, his names contain mistakes where the degree obtained from Uganda and Philipines display different names respectively ‘Kalangwa’ and ‘Karangwa’ making their authenticity susceptible.
He had the title of ‘Reverend Pastor’ Karangwa John on Philippines degree yet duty attributions are not mentioned on academic documents.
Karangwa’s bachelor’s degree certificate from the Philippines displays another mistake that he attended the Faculty of Serminary instead of ‘Seminary’.
It is also alleged that Rev Karangwa didn’t complete secondary school education raising doubts on his university qualifications.
Apart from Rev Karangwa, ADEPR spokesperson Rev. Karuranga Ephrem doesn’t also have a degree in theology required by Rwanda Governance Board under the 2018 law governing religious and faith-based organizations.
Article 20 of the law determines requirements for legal representation of an organization.
These include a degree in theology or another university qualification with an accredited certificate in theology.
RGB can, however, institute regulations determining other requirements leaders need to meet based on specific functions of each organization.
Rev Karuranga is among church leaders without qualifications given five years to train in theology to meet standards.
Rev Karuranga studies at ADEPR theology school, FATEK of which activities and issuance of diplomas was suspended by the Higher Education Council citing substandard practices.
Rev Karuranga was among students who had to graduate at the school which HEC suspended previously on graduation day.