Court orders another inquiry into Horizon case

The presiding judge in the case involving former directors of Horizon Construction Company has ordered for another inquiry into how the funds were spent. The inquiry was ordered after the two sides failed to agree on the findings of two earlier probes ordered by the court. Yesterday, the military tribunal seating in Nyamirambo heard two contradicting expert reports into the construction of a Rwf 3bn dyke in Gashora, Eastern province. 
William Ngabonziza presented  his testimony before court. (Photo/ E. Mutara)
William Ngabonziza presented his testimony before court. (Photo/ E. Mutara)

The presiding judge in the case involving former directors of Horizon Construction Company has ordered for another inquiry into how the funds were spent.

The inquiry was ordered after the two sides failed to agree on the findings of two earlier probes ordered by the court.

Yesterday, the military tribunal seating in Nyamirambo heard two contradicting expert reports into the construction of a Rwf 3bn dyke in Gashora, Eastern province. 

Prosecution accuses Horizon of having swindled over Rwf555m in shady work on the dyke.

Tribunal expert, William Ngabonziza, who also heads the National Land Lab Centre, told the court that equipment used during the study were trusted could show whether Horizon Construction cheated.

“My statistics are not final but they are very close to the realities on the ground,” Ngabonziza said.

Prosecutor, Kagiraneza Kayihura protested Ngabonziza’s findings, saying that the court should consider the findings of William Ruhanga Binego in the first report.

The report by Binego indicated irregularities in the work done by the construction company on the dyke while Ngabonziza’s report had indicated otherwise.

Defence lawyers defending, Lt. Col. Paul Semana and Capt. Denis Rwamo also opposed Binego’s report saying it was biased, forcing court to order a site visit 

 The presiding judge, Major Marc Sebaganji, and his Co-Judges Capt Micheal Mbabazi and S/Major Ndikumuzima Sebutama, ordered for another visit that will include the two experts, judges, military prosecution and lawyers.

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