Resigned ministers: Uwizeyimana case file submitted to prosecution, Munyakazi still under investigation

By IGIHE
On 13 February 2020 at 05:58

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has announced that the case file of Evode Uwizeyimana who is accused of assaulting a woman has been submitted to prosecution while Dr. Isaac Munyakazi who is suspected of corruption crimes is still under investigation.

Uwizeyimana who is the former State Minister in Charge of Constitution and Legal Affairs and Munyakazi, the former Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education submitted their resignation letters to the Prime Minister on February 6th, 2020.

Uwizeyimana resigned three days after he was accused of assaulting a security guard on duty at the entrance of the Grand Pension Plaza.

In a brief interview with IGIHE, RIB spokesperson, Marie Michelle Umuhoza said that the dossier of Uwizeyimana has already been submitted to prosecution.

“We have thoroughly conducted our investigation and have now relayed the case file to prosecution.”

The prosecution will then re-evaluate the case and decide if it proceeds to a court of law.

News that Minister Uwizeyimana had assaulted a woman appeared on Twitter last week with a tweet that narrated the incident. Uwizeyimana violently pushed the ISCO security guard after she asked him to pass through the checkpoint as protocol states. He refused and proceeded to push her down.

Three hours after the tweet went viral, Uwizeyimana tweeted an apology and said that he regretted deeply what he did.

“I deeply regret what happened. It should not have happened to me as a leader and public official. I already apologized to the ISCO staff and now I do so publicly and apologize to the public as well.”

However, his apologies were vain and many Twitter users who were outraged by his deed kept asking that he resigns from his position.

Dr Munyakazi still under investigation

RIB spokesperson, Marie Michelle Umuhoza said that Dr. Isaac Munyakazi is still being investigated for corruption crimes.

“We are still gathering evidence for the corruption crimes he stands accused of.”

IGIHE sources say Dr. Munyakazi Isaac is being investigated for forgery during the 2019 National Examination where he helped place a school which ranked in the top 100 best performing schools among the top 10 best performers at the country level. It is said that he did it with the help of Rwanda Education Board (REB) officers and that he received money from the school in question for that service.

Article 4 on the offences and penalties for corruption in the Rwandan penal code states that ‘Any person who solicits, accepts or receives, by any means, an illegal benefit for himself/ herself or another person or accepts a promise in order to render or omit a service under his or her mandate or uses his or her position to render or omit a service commits an offence.”

If found guilty of that crime, a penalty of three to five times the money received is applicable as well as not less than 5 and not more than 7 years’ imprisonment.

Dr. Munyakazi obtained his Ph.D. in Education Management while Uwizeyimana holds a Master’s degree in law.

Uwizeyimana was sworn in as State Minister in Charge of Constitution and Legal Affairs on October 4th, 2016 while Dr. Munyakazi Isaac was sworn in as Minister of State in charge of Primary and Secondary Education in October 2016.

RIB has announced that the case file of Evode Uwizeyimana who is accused of assaulting a woman has been submitted to the prosecution
Dr. Isaac Munyakazi who is suspected of corruption crimes is still under investigation.

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