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Former Rwandan minister charged with favoritism

Former Rwanda’s state minister for mining Wednesday appeared in court where he was charged with favoritism and falsifying official documents.

Evode Imena appeared before Nyarugenge High Court in Kigali.

Imena, who was arrested last January after being fired from cabinet, is accused together with two former officials who worked in former Rwanda Natural Resources Authority.

Prosecution alleges that the trio hastily registered a company which was fraudulently awarded a license to conduct mining in Nduba mines on the outskirts of Kigali.

Later, the company which prosecution named JDJ fraudulently sold its concession to another company called KNM at 20,000 U.S.dollars with the approval of the minister, according to the prosecution.

The charges were committed between 2013 and 2014, prosecution claims.

However, appearing before court, the former minister denied the charges and asked for bail.

The court set Friday to rule on the bail application.


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