District Executive Secretary held over fraud

GAKENKE - The long serving Executive Secretary of Gakenke District, Richard Mberabagabo, and the district accountant, Edward Nizeyimana, are in detention over alleged embezzlement of Rwf 48 million.The two officials were arrested on Wednesday, and transferred to Musanze Police Station before they are arraigned in court.
The accused Richard Mberabagabo
The accused Richard Mberabagabo

GAKENKE - The long serving Executive Secretary of Gakenke District, Richard Mberabagabo, and the district accountant, Edward Nizeyimana, are in detention over alleged embezzlement of Rwf 48 million.

The two officials were arrested on Wednesday, and transferred to Musanze Police Station before they are arraigned in court.

Mberabagabo was seen as a model civil servant, while many of his peers, including his former bosses, were interdicted over related crimes in the past.

The money was reportedly withdrawn by the district accountant using cheques and payment orders signed by Mberabagabo and the former Director of Administration and Finance, Clemence Ugiribanga, who is the current Vice Mayor.

The District Police Commander, Supt. Christopher Ntaganira, confirmed their arrest and said that ‘investigations are still going on to arrest whoever was involved in the embezzlement”.

Nizeyimana, had previously been suspended by the District Advisory Council, but was later reinstated by Mberabagabo.

“At first, is was reported that the accountant forged signatures, but when he was interrogated, he revealed that the cheques he used bore signatures of the Executive
Secretary and the DAF,’’ Supt. Ntaganira said.

When contacted, Ugiribanga insisted that the district accountant forged her signature when she still served as the DAF.

“I’m sure this will be clarified, he forged my signature,’’ Ugiribanga said.

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