Two Arrested Over Rwf23m Theft

try geneva;”>The money and the computers were stolen on March 5 at the residence of Wu Xiujuan, check a Chinese national living in Kanombe sector, Kicukiro District.

Wu is the owner of Chinese Supply Rwanda Hippos Company. The suspects are identified as Joseph Muhizi and Lin Zong fu. They are currently detained at Kicukiro police station.

Zong was Wu’s housemate and an employee at the company while Muhizi was the assistant manager of the company.

Muhizi said his accomplice gave him Rwf2 million on March 5 to keep it for him, before traveling to Rwamagana together later in the day, where they opened an account in Equity Bank and deposited the remaining money.


Though he insisted he is innocent, Muhizi said he assisted Zong to open an account and to deposit the money and to fake the key to the room where the money was stolen.

He claimed he didn’t know Zong’s plans and that he had no knowledge that the money had been stolen.

He also said his accomplice threw the computers in Nyabugogo stream, apparently to destroy evidences that the victim would base on to claim that she had money.

The Central Region Spokesperson, Supt. Albert Gakara said Muhizi was found with Rwf2 million at the time of his arrest.

Part of the stolen money which was recovered. All the recovered money was given back to the owner.(Photo;RNP Media center)

He also said another Rwf21.2 million and $80 dollars was recovered in the bank and has so far been given to the owner.

He cautioned the public to abstain from keeping money in their houses but use banks which are “safer and secure.”

The duo will be charged with theft without violence under article 300 and 301 of the penal code.

Article 300 stipulates that “any person who commits theft without violence or threat shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of six months to two years and a fine of two to five times the value of the stolen property or one of these penalties.”

However, under article 301, the sentence is doubled if theft was committed through housebreaking, climbing or faking keys.

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