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Ten Hospital Staff Arrested over Misuse of Public Funds

Ten hospital staff at Kirehe, Nyanza and Nyamasheke hospitals were on May 11 arrested over misappropriation of hospital funds.

Kirehe Hospital.

The suspects, who include either current or former directors, accountants, administrators and supervisors, are accused of embezzling public funds estimated to Rwf 800 million.

Five of those arrested and under investigation at Kirehe hospital include its former director, Dr. Jean Nepomscene Uwiringiyemungu, Zophonie Gapingi Hakizimana (hospital administrator), Angelique Mukantagara (accountant), Thadee Niyonzima (supervisor) and Deogene Dukuzeyezu, the hospital nutritionist.

At Kirehe, investigations have since unearthed forged documents that the accused allegedly used.

At Kibogora hospital in Nyamasheke, three staff including the medical director Dr. Damien Nsabimana, Aimable Kadogo administrator and Bernadette Izabiliza, an accountant, have been arrested.

Meanwhile, at Nyanza hospital, an accountant and former hospital administrator, Damarce Mukamana, and former administrator of the hospital, Placidie Umutesi have also been taken into custody following an audit carried out by the Ministry of Health.

Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa said “this s part of the Rwanda National Police routine duties to fight and prevent all sorts of crimes of which corruption or embezzlement of public funds is a top priority.”

Celestin Twahirwa, The Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner (ACP).

“We follow and assert much value in fighting all crimes. If information is brought forward, either through audits or other means for instance honest patriotic members of public, that someone is involved in graft-related tendencies, we act fast,” he added.

He however noted that, fighting corruption remains part of the RNP priorities, a reason why the force created an Anti-corruption and public fund embezzlement directorate.

"We work with other institutions including those responsible for audit to make sure that every embezzlement case doesn’t go unpunished," he said.

By Robert Muriisa, RNP.

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