The Kagarama Primary Court has started trial of the case in which prosecution accuses administrators of Wealth Fitness International of organising a conference contrary to the Rwandan law.
On the morning of June 25, 2019, a crowd of over 2000 Rwandans attended a conference at Kigali Convention Center, where they had been invited to by a Kenyan-based center, Wealth Fitness International.
Participants had been vaguely promised to receive $197 at the end of the conference, provided that they pay Rwf5000 to secure a seat.
Drama ensued after the event when participants were told to pack their belongings and go because there was no money to claim.
Security organs immediately intervened and arrested the organisers.
Those arrested include Dr Kinuthia Charles, Director of Wealth Fitness International, Vivian Khisa, Mukhwana Mutenyo, Mathipei Racheal Nashipai and a Rwandan Mohamed Niyonkuru who is said to have been in charge of receiving the registration fees through Mobile Money.
On Tuesday, all of them appeared before the Kagarama Primary Court and pleaded for a bail out while investigations continue.
Dr Kinuthia Charles, Vivian Khisa, Mukhwana Mutenyo and Mathipei were with their lawyer, Evode Kayitana.
Prosecution told the court that the suspects should be charged with fraud and organising a conference contrary to the law.
Prosecution also said that the accused organized a conference without informing concerned ministries to see whether this conference was relevant and legal in the country.
The suspects are also accused of extorting money from people through fraudulent means.
The prosecutor also said the organizers paid only Rwf4 million for the venue and were expecting to generate a whopping Rwf23 million from participants.
The prosecutor argued that Dr Charles who holds a master’s degree in philosophy has no qualification allowing him to teach people how to do business and how to self employ.
The accused denied all charges, saying that they had asked for permission.
They added that they had also agreed with the National Police to give them permission and provide them with protection on the day of the conference.
The accused’s lawyer, Kayitana, submitted that prosecution has not provided any evidence for the charges against his clients and thus the court should grant them bail.
The judge said that the decision on temporary detention and bail term will be pronounced on July 11, 2019, at 3pm.