Organized by Wealth Fitness International, the meeting was meant to train participants in doing business but was halted by police and RIB following the crowd’s chaos at KCC.
It is said that applicants were promised US $ 197 after the training session which enticed the youth to register and attend in big numbers.
As the crowd of participants flocked Kigali Convention Center today morning, they were required to pay an attendance fee yet they could not even fit in the room booked for the meeting.
The room was overcrowded and resulted into chaos as the big crowd that could not find space inside the meeting room stayed outside wandering around the premises of Radisson Blu Hotel.
The chaos kept growing until the management of KCC called security for intervention, bringing in Commissioner of Police for Operations and Public Order, CP George Rumanzi and Peter Karake, the Director General for Crime Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB).
CP Rumanzi told attendees of the meeting that it is halted following a call from Convention Center management for intervention to stop the chaos.
He explained that training people is not the problem but the anomaly lies in poor coordination of the meeting.
“The organizer doesn’t even know the exact number of invitees. Attendees staying outside outnumbered 10 times the number of people inside the conference room. The registration process is also ambiguous. It causes problems. That is why we have intervened with RIB. There is evidence that it is an issue to be investigated,” he said.
Security officials revealed that over Rwf 15 million in registration fees has been collected from participants. Following interventions, it was agreed that participants who paid for attendance get their money reimbursed.
According to sources, each participant had to pay either Rwf 15,000 for a VIP or Rwf 4,500 for an ordinary seat.
Karake said that RIB is going to investigate the case and requested complainants, to file claims at RIB station in Remera.
Col Jeannot Ruhunga, the Secretary General of RIB also visited the scene at Kigali Convention Centre and requested participants to return home promising that relevant institution will follow up the matter.
He assured attendees who had already paid that their money will be recovered.