Rwanda energy director, ex-water boss arrested

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege

The Managing Director of Energy Development Corporation Ltd (EDCL), Emmanuel Kamanzi and the former CEO of Water and Sanitation Corporation (WASAC) James Sano, have been arrested on alleged separate irregularities related to awarding of tenders and misuse of office.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Theos Badege, confirmed that the two officials were taken into custody on September 2 as part of the ongoing investigations into alleged fraudulent awarding of tenders.

“Sano is alleged to have awarded two separate tenders illegally; he awarded a single source recruitment tender worth Rwf61 million foregoing the procedures, as well a bid for constructing a pumping water station in Kayenzi-Kamonyi worth Rwf371 million without a bill of quantity,” ACP Badege said.

A bill of quantity (BQ) is an itemized list of materials, parts, and labor (with their costs) required to construct, maintain, or repair a specific structure.

Similarly, the spokesperson said, Kamanzi was arrested over alleged illegal awarding of public tender, embezzlement and misuse of property of public interest, which are punishable under articles 628, 325 and 627, respectively of the penal code.

“Kamanzi awarded a tender worth $45, 000 to procure ten transformers, which were later found to be defective. He also awarded a tender valued at $280,000 for supplying electric poles, which were found to be substandard,” he added.

Article 628, partly states that any person, who uses a criterion that is not provided in the tender document to award a tender; shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years and a fine of up to two Rwf2 million.

However, if a superior orders a subordinate to commit one of the acts under this article, the term of imprisonment increases to between three and five years.

Under article 627, any person entrusted with authority to manage property of public interest and uses such property for purposes other than what they are intended or contrary, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of two to five times the value of the misused funds.

Embezzlement, on the other hand, attacks a sentence of between seven and ten years and a fine of two to five times the value of the embezzled or destroyed property.

“Investigations are still under to ensure that everyone connected to these fraudulent acts faces justice. Public funds should be used appropriately while respecting the law, because contrary to that, you will be answerable and to ensure that such loses are recovered,” ACP Badege warned.

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