City business woman wanted over Rwf392m

A business woman in Kigali is on the run after she allegedly disappeared with over Rwf 300million from her clients, The New Times has learnt.
CONFIRMED; Supt. Eric Kayiranga (File photo)
CONFIRMED; Supt. Eric Kayiranga (File photo)

A business woman in Kigali is on the run after she allegedly disappeared with over Rwf 300million from her clients, The New Times has learnt.

Odile Ugilimbabazi, had been working at Goal Travel Agency in Kigali, as a director, until June 19, when she went underground following a tip off from a colleague that she was going to be arrested.

Police sources say Ugilimbabazi started collecting money from her clients between June 1 and 19 this year.  But on the day she was supposed to pay back the clients, she disappeared.

Investigations indicate that the travel agency was receiving money from several people in Kigali, and after making a profit, would pay back with interest.

“The complainants are not being straight enough but what is clear is that they were operating a risky deal,” the police source said, while unconfirmed reports indicate that the deal could have been linked to the so-called loan sharking, commonly known as Banque Lambert. 

Police Spokesperson, Supt. Eric Kayiranga confirmed last week that Ugilimbabazi is wanted by police but didn’t have all details surrounding the case by press time.

Police is also reportedly hunting down Ugilimbabazi’s husband, Jacques Niyomwungeli in connection with the alleged crime.

“The crime was not done by Ugilimbabazi alone. We have a feeling the husband is an accomplice,” the source added.
Our sources say that Interpol had been alerted over the matter. Ugilimbabazi is suspected to have fled to Dubai since her last telephone contact was traced between Kigali and Dubai.

“Nobody can commit crimes and escape hoping to hide in other countries. Our relationship with these countries is good,” another police source, who requested not to be named, said.

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