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Irregular fund disbursements by Rwanda’s HEC probed

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Officials from the High Education Council (HEC) in Rwanda are among top officials summoned by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Rwandan Parliament for allegedly manipulating a bursary system at the university.

The officials reportedly created ghost students to manipulate the system, according to an official source in Kigali on Thursday, 17 September 2020.

During the hearing in Kigali, Parliament pinned HEC over failure to show supporting documents to funds transferred to the bank accounts. Further, there were several cases of misuse of budget money on unused electronic office equipment, as well as a shocking case where the institution illegally paid allowances to officials.

Shockingly, Parliament also heard that HEC disbursed over 42 000 dollars to the University of Rwanda as fees for 16 non-school-going “university students.” These included a student who had died long ago.

According to the reports, one of the university payroll administrators created ghost students and defrauded the government agency.

During the hearing, the HEC Director of Bursary/Loan and Fund Management, Desire Gacinya explained that they had some issues with coordinating reconciliation of funds with the other institutions and thus, paid funds using projections from the previous school years.

As the government plans to assess if schools can resume in September, the University of Rwanda has been preparing to resume. It claims that it “is now ready to receive students and continue to observe COVID-19 precautionary measures and guidelines.”



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