Rwanda: Gen Patrick Nyanvumba’s Brother Sentenced to 6 years, Fined 21 Billion Francs

A Kigali Court on Tuesday September 29, sentenced Robert Nyamvumba a brother to embattled Chief of Defence staff and Minister of Security to six-years in Prison and a fine of 21 billion francs.

Robert Nyamvumba the former Division Manager in charge of energy at the Ministry of Infrastructure has been in jail since early this year prior to the sacking and arresting of his elder brother Patrick Nyanvumba.

He was charged with attempting to solicit a bribe worth Rwf7.2 billion from Spanish investor, Javier Elizalde.

Reading the verdict, the presiding judge said the court assessed the merits of the charges and found that there was sufficient evidence to convict Nyamvumba for corruption.

“Court therefore finds the accused guilty and sentences him to six years in prison, and must pay a fine of Rwf21.6bn,” pronounced the judge, adding that the accused can appeal against the ruling within a period of 30 days.

According to the judge, the fine was determined in accordance with the law, which stipulates that the fine for anyone convicted for corruption must be three times the money involved in a corruption transaction.

However, some sources believe the fine is aimed at auctioning some of the properties the Nyunvumba brothers have acquired over the time which are mostly registered in his names since he was charged with running the family business empire.

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