Friday, 1 June 2012

Rwanda | Two Prisons staff arrested in Rubavu

Three prisons staff in Rubavu district, Western province were arrested by the district area Police over handing out non-functional contracts to a local entrepreneur.
The trio, John Bihingiro, former Gisenyi Prison Boss, James Mugume, the prison’s accountant, and Christopher Kalisa, the executive secretary of Rubavu district, are accused of conspiring in the mismanagement of public funds in the Rubavu prison.
The three officials allegedly used fake documents to pay an entrepreneur who had won the tender to supply food items to the prison, for a job he never did.
Christopher Kalisa is particularly accused of paying the entrepreneur 7 million Rwandan francs, while, the Prison boss, James Mugume, who was the entrepreneur, along with Bihingiro are facing charges of using fake documents to pay the contractor.
The spokesman of the national public prosecution authority, Alain Mukuralinda, said that the men are currently facing two counts which are mismanagement of public finances, and using fake documents.
If tried and convicted the three officials will be liable to prison term of between 5 to 20 years.
Mukuralinda noted that mismanagement crime for public servants attracts between 5 to 20 years, while using forged documents attracts between 5 to 10 year imprisonments.
Their case files have been forwarded to National Prosecution office as they await trail.


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