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Police Finally Captures Kigali’s Notorious Multiple Identity Land Fraudster

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Owning a house in Rwanda’s capital Kigali has become one of the biggest dreams for nearly all walks of life- and it causing rapid rise in prices of prime plots of land both within Kigali and surrounding suburbs.

Many people are on a daily basis making inquiries about plots of land to buy and sell prompting the intervention of middle-men (commissionaires) that get paid on commission for fixing deals between buyers and sellers.

However, in the process of buying and selling, many people have fallen victim to fraudsters that carefully take advantage of ignorance of this complex property business. The fraudsters are so cunning and highly connected to bankers, land Centre and sometimes within law enforcement agencies.

Despite Rwanda Investigations Bureau currently investigating an enormous pile of cases related to property and financial fraud, many such crimes are taking on a new dimension both in speed and high level treachery.

For example, Munyeragwe Jean Damascene (considering names on his driver’s license) has been in and out of prison because of fraud related to treacherous buying and selling of plots of land around Kigali.

Munyeragwe in his 40s, was serving a 3-year prison sentence when his name appeared on a list of among over 2,000 inmates convicted for various crimes that were accorded Presidential pardon in September 2018.

Immediately out of prison gates, Munyeragwe resumed his trade because his network still existed and was still going on with property fraud business. It is not well known how they obtain genuine land titles which they use to sell to unsuspecting clients- this remains a very big challenge for the law enforcement agencies.

Munyeragwe’s luck run out recently early on September 24, when he sold a plot of land to a young woman Kayitesi Anitha.

“He identified himself as a pastor and was accompanied by a decently dressed woman and drove a nice SUV as we headed to the site of the plot,” Kayitesi told Taarifa, adding that she didn’t suspect any foul play.

The plot with (UPI:1/02/01/01/1776) measuring 659 square meters is located at Rubungo village, Kinyaga cell of Bumbogo sector in Gasabo district but is registered in the names of Uwizeyimana Leo and his spouse (names withheld).

“I liked the plot and immediately paid Rwf2million to Munyeragwe,” Kayitesi said, “it was the second plot I was buying but later discovered I had been fleeced.”

Munyeragwe is said to always hire expensive cars and changes registration number plates whenever he goes to meet unsuspecting clients.

Recently on November 2, Munyeragwe was arrested after fleecing another person to whom he sold a plot of land valued over Rwf20million. He is currently detained at Kimironko detention facility as he awaits trial. It is believed that Munyeragwe has conned many people that usually fail to reach him after they notice a deal gone bad.

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  1. Jeanne d'Arc

    November 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    The information on each plot in Rwanda is available online. And for long time back, We have even a mobile access *651#📞.

    https://www.ktpress.rw/2016/04/new-phone-system-now-allows-rwandans-to-access-status-of-land/

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Joseph Kony’s Ruthless Commander Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

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At last justice has been dispensed as the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed a 25-year sentence to Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander, Major General Dominique Ongwen.

Back home in Uganda, South Sudan and Central African Republic where Gen. Ongwen wrecked havoc, families of victims and other people that suffered during his terror operations are now jubilating at the court’s rule on Thursday.

However, Gen. Ongwen who was present during court’s judgement, seemed not bothered. He remained passive as he heard the 25-year sentence handed down to him.

“I am before this international court with so many charges, and yet I am the first victim of child abduction. What happened to me I do not even believe happened to Jesus Christ,” Gen. Ongwen said.

ICC Presiding Judge Bertram Schmitt said judges had to weigh Ongwen’s brutality with his own tortured past as a schoolboy abducted by the LRA when deciding on a sentence.

“The chamber is confronted in the present case with a unique situation. It is confronted with a perpetrator who willfully brought tremendous suffering upon his victims,” Schmitt said.

“However, it is also confronted with a perpetrator who himself had previously endured extreme suffering at the hands of the group of which he later became a prominent member and leader.”

It was the wish of victims of Ongwen’s crimes that court hands him the full life sentence. The defence had sought a 10-year prison term.

Prosecutors had asked for a 20-year prison term for Ongwen, saying his own history justified a lower sentence than the maximum 30 years to life allowed by the ICC.

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Herman Nsengimana In The Dock For Terror Trial

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This Thursday the High Court Special Chamber for International and Cross-border crimes is trying Herman Nsengimana in the terror trial involving Paul Rusesabagina and his co-accused.

Rusesabagina is on record for publicly heading the National Liberation Front (FLN) and Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRCD) and priding their actions of killing, looting, kidnapping and destroying infrastructure in communities surrounding Nyungwe National Park forest in Southern Rwanda.

Rusesabagina appeared in a recorded video message inscribed with a FLN logo,  the armed wing of Rwandan Movement for Democratic Change (MRDC). He declared war against the government of Rwanda.

He claimed that after trying many methods, they failed to remove the regime in Kigali.

“The FLN will use all possible means including the armed struggle to drive the RPF out of power since it refused all peaceful ways,” Rusesabagina said in a message both in English and Kinyarwanda. His terror group later circulated the video via social media platforms.

Later, attacks were executed in parts of Rwanda especially the area bordering Nyungwe forest. A handful Rwandans were shot, homes looted and many injured in the attacks that took place in different phases.

FLN Spokesperson, Callixte Nsabimana currenty on a joint trial with Rusesabagina, always took to international media and social media boasting that his rebel group had carried out the attacks.

For example in In December 2019, Nsabimana also claimed responsibility for setting fire on passenger buses in Nyungwe forest, which led to the death of two people and many injuries.

Taarifa investigative team last year went on a fact-finding tour of this part of Rwanda that has previously suffered attacks from barbaric terrorists known as the National Liberation Front (FLN).

Daniel Minani, 66, had just gone to bed at 10am on April 13, 2019, and suddenly unknown people knocked on the door. They identified themselves as security personnel and told him not to worry. His wife opened the door. They went direct to the bedroom and began looting. “They looted beans, maize, flour,” Minani told Taarifa.

“They walked into the kraal and took my goats, and my son confronted them. They shot him dead. I will never forget the scene. It was a barbaric act. My daughter was about to wed, unfortunately, we called it off. I am still devastated,” Minani narrated his ordeal.

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Police Shoots Inmates In Kirehe District

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Police has shot five inmates in Kirehe district Poilce cell while they were trying to escape, Police Spokesperson, John Bosco Kabera has confirmed.

Kabera told Taarifa that the unfortunate incident happened in the morning when inmates were being led to take their shower. That the inmates ambushed the officer and ran out.

Other officers shot in the air to stop the suspects from running. “They refused to stop, unfortunately five of them ended up being shot,” he said.

The imamates were all suspects that were awaiting to face charges on several accounts.

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