RIB arrests two judges over corruption

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 7 December 2019 at 11:34

Two judges, Pacifique Mushimiyiryo, a Judge at Muhanga Intermediate Court and Vincent Mugabutwaza, Judge at Rusizi Intermediate Court were arrested over allegations of corruption.

Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) has arrested the duo following complaints from people who had cases pending before the courts of law who claimed that judges solicited for bribes to fast track the cases or to make favorable rulings.

Arrested with them is a court registrar Victoire Banashenge, working at Muhanga Intermediate Court.

“All suspects are held at Kimihurura, Kicukiro and Kimironko RIB stations as their case files are being processed for prosecution,” RIB announced.

The arrest was announced a few hours after President Paul Kagame called on the heads of institutions in the Judiciary to address concerns of corruption that have been highlighted in the sector.

President Kagame said that corruption in the Justice sector has been mentioned several times among institutions where corruption still exists.

“We must fight it. We should not let it be culture because once it becomes a norm in the Justice sector, it is normalized in the entire country,” he said.

He pointed out that corruption aligned with the country’s development ambitions or what it aspires for, adding that those implicated should be dealt with decisively and convincingly.

The development came a day after the High Council of the Judiciary chaired by the outgoing Chief Justice Prof. Sam Rugege fired several judges and court staff suspected to be involved in corruption including those who were arrested.

Others fired include Abraham Shumbusho who was a Judge in Nyamagabe Intermediate Court, Clémentine Mukahirwa who was a registrar in the court of appeal and Pacifique Kiyonga Rukenura who was a law researcher.