Rwandan engineer arrested for fraud, ghosts

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Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, Police spokesperson for the Northern region.

Police in Burera District has arrested Eng. Thaddée Niyonsabe, a road construction Engineer at the Base, Butaro, Kidaho road construct project (BBK), in connection with fraudulent use and destruction of company’s  property.

Niyonsabe is also facing charges of registering a “ghost casual worker.”

According to the Police spokesperson for the Northern region, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, the engineer was arrested following a complaint filed by NPD Ltd.

“We immediately arrested the engineer on September 9, who is also accused of selling over 30 trucks of stones extracted from the road construction site, and selling over 50 cords of wood,” IP Gasasira said.

Niyonsabe is currently held at Rusarabuye police station in Burera District as investigations into the case proceeds.

“The wood and stones were taken from the site where people had been expropriated; they were supposed to be handed over to local authorities to use them for public interest, but the suspect instead sold them,” he added.

He noted that the fraudulent dealings are contrary to article 344 of the penal code.

The article stipulates that, any person who fraudulently uses the property of the company for his or her own benefit or for a purpose other than the intended use; or fraudulently conceals or destroys any property of the company, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of up to Rwf5 million.

“However, we are still investigating the case to ascertain if the suspect worked alone or if there are others involved and to come up with a conclusive case file to forward to prosecution for further judicial proceedings,” said the spokesperson.

“On the issue of ghost workers, preliminary investigations have so far identified names of one person, who is not an employee but records indicate that the suspect had paid the ghost worker Rwf34, 000 covering a period of four weeks – a charge punishable by article 641 of the penal code.

The article stipulates that, “Any person who explicitly or implicitly offers, proposes directly or indirectly a gift or any other illegal benefit, to a person in charge of a service, mission or mandate or who promises it in order to render a service or to refrain from carrying out any usual duties, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of more than five years to seven years and a fine of twice to ten times the value of the illegal benefit he or she offered or promised.”

The construction and upgrading of Base-Butaro-Kidaho road intends to cover 63km. The scope of the works include sidewalks, drainage system, construction and finishing layer or wearing course will be made of Asphalt concrete.