November 24, 2020

Prosecution withdraws case against REMA’s former DG Mukankomeje

The National prosecution has withdrawn the case against Dr. Rose Mukankomeje, the former director general of the Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA).

According to Faustin Nkusi, the spokesperson of the National Public Prosecution Authority, Kagarama Primary Court has granted the prosecution’s request, presented on Tuesday to withdraw the case in accordance with the laws.

Dr. Mukankomeje was accused of three charges: breaching professional secrecy, destroying evidence and tarnishing the image of government institutions.

She was arrested in March on suspicion of trying to pervert a bribery investigation on the cases of the former Rutsiro mayor and the executive secretary who are accused of misappropriating public funds and corruption.

It was alleged that Dr. Mukankomeje tried to disrupt investigations and hide evidence in the case against the Rutsiro officials, who were arrested in 2015.

The prosecution had called for a 30-day remand of Dr. Mukankomeje on March 30th but she was granted bail on April 14th with some conditions that include reporting to the prosecutor every Friday for three months, surrender of all her travel documents to prosecution, no travels outside the City of Kigali without permission from prosecution, keeping her usual phone-line active and not to change her known domicile.

On 13th September, the Cabinet appointed Collette Ruhamya as the REMA Director General, replacing her embattled former boss Dr. Mukankomeje.

Ruhamya had been serving as the acting director general of REMA since the time charges were opened against her boss in March.

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