Court adjourns Nyinawagaga hearing

The trial involving the former Mayor of Gasabo District, Claudine Nyinawagaga, was yesterday adjourned to March, 24 by the Gasabo Intermediate Court. The case was postponed because five of the twelve former district officials accused of embezzlement, corruption and forgery didn’t have defence counsels. 
Former Gasabo Mayor Claudine Nyinawagaga (L) talking to her lawyer, Beatrice Umubyeyi, outside court yesterday. (Photo J. Mbanda)
Former Gasabo Mayor Claudine Nyinawagaga (L) talking to her lawyer, Beatrice Umubyeyi, outside court yesterday. (Photo J. Mbanda)

The trial involving the former Mayor of Gasabo District, Claudine Nyinawagaga, was yesterday adjourned to March, 24 by the Gasabo Intermediate Court.

The case was postponed because five of the twelve former district officials accused of embezzlement, corruption and forgery didn’t have defence counsels. 

Presiding judge Dativa Yankurije, ruled that the session could not go on without five of the thirteen accused being represented by their defence counsels.

The judge set March 24 as the new date and requested the accused to get counsels to avoid further inconveniences.

Prosecution accuses Nyinawagaga of having flouted tendering procedures that cost the government over Rwf 222 million.

“The tendering procedures were not respected. It was a family affair yet it should have been open for competitive bidding” Augustin Nkusi, the spokesperson of the National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) said in an interview.    
Nyinawagaga tendered in her resignation to the District Advisory Council (DAC) November last year citing personal reasons.

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