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Former NIRDA Director General Arrested

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Former NIRDA Director General Arrested

Rwanda Prosecution is scheduled to prefer charges on five unnamed suspects including Dr Mungarulire Joseph – the former Director General at the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA), Taarifa has reliably learnt.

“Former Director General of NIRDA, Dr Mungarulire Joseph with five senior staff still working at NIRDA have been arrested in connection with embezzlement and mismanagement of funds meant for establishment of Community Processing Centers in Districts (CPCs),” RIB said via twitter.

The spokesperson for Rwanda Investigation Bureau Modest Mbabazi confirmed to Taarifa about the arrested officials but didn’t divulge more details.

“Yes they have been arrested. I cannot provide details. They are reserved for investigation,” he said.

Taarifa has learnt that when Kampeta Sayinzoga, the current NIRDA Director General took over management of this agency, she immediately requested for an audit for FY 2015-16 and FY2016.

The audit was conducted and exposed some irregularities in procurement, administration and financial management.

In January, NIRDA requested the then CID to investigate the findings of the audit to establish individual responsibilities and they did so.

The details of the report are not public.

The audit covered construction, purchase of equipment and management of CPCs as well as NIRDA management in general.

Affected centers include; Rwamagana Banana Wine CPCs, Nyabihu Potatoes Factory , Nyanza Ceramics CPC, Rutsiro Honey CPC and Burera Dairy CPC.

We have not established the volume of the funds missing, but the Rwamagana center as we reported in our previous article, has not accounted for the expenditure of about Frw1.6 billion for setting up a banana wine factory.

In an exclusive interview with Kampeta for an article scheduled for publication at a later time, she said the mismanagement through faulty procurement procedures was too grave for her to begin working under the same conditions.

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