Sacked City of Kigali officials held by Police

Police have confirmed they have in custody Didier Sagashya, the former executive secretary of the City of Kigali, who was sacked earlier this week, and two other senior officials at the City Hall.
Sagashya speaks at a past press conference. File.
Sagashya speaks at a past press conference. File.

Police have confirmed they have in custody Didier Sagashya, the former executive secretary of the City of Kigali, who was sacked earlier this week, and two other senior officials at the City Hall.

The two officials are Merard Mpabwanamaguru, the City Geographical Information System officer, and Enos Twahirwa, the Building Electro-Mechanical Inspection officer.

Both officials were both arrested on Tuesday. Sagashya was arrested on Wednesday.

Police spokesperson Theos Badege told Saturday Times that “the three are being investigated for destruction of evidence, forging or altering documents.”

He said they are being investigated for having conspired to destroy documents about construction projects in the city sometime this year, adding that Police will hand them over to the officials to Prosecution once investigations are complete.

On Wednesday, the Chairperson of Kigali City Council, Athanase Rutabingwa, told this paper that the council had terminated Sagashya’s contract over a number of offences bordering on the destruction of documents.

Rutabingwa said Sagashya, who had held the office for just months, was also accused of insubordination and blackmail.

According to the Penal Code Article 571 and 609 destruction of evidence attracts a sentence of one to three years in prison and fines of Rwf300,000 and Rwf1 million, whereas forging or altering documents is punished with five to seveni years in jail and fines ranging between Rwf300,000 and Rwf3 million.

Sagashya was appointed the City executive secretary in February. Before that, he was the Director-General of Rwanda Housing Authority.

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