Disciplinary committee to question Rukarara ad hoc committee
The plenary session of the parliament chamber of deputies has decided that the MPs who were members of the ad hoc committee investigating the Rukarara project’s fund management have to be questioned by the parliament’s disciplinary committee.
This follows the release of a report on Tuesday by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which cleared officials accused of mismanagement of Rukarara hydropower plant’s fund in the report of the ad-hoc committee. “If the ad hoc committee had cross-checked, they would have realized that the accusations were wrong,” said Juvénal Nkusi, the chairperson of PAC.
For MP Yvonne Uwayisenga, the mistakes committed by the ad hoc committee were insupportable. “Not consulting the concerned, making simple mistakes like accusing those who were studying at the time of the mismanagement issues, and not having the will to dig deeper for the supporting documents have resulted in tarnishing the image of the accused officials without leaving the parliament itself.”
She reminded that the parliament’s role is to make sure that Rwandans are equally treated before the law. “We don’t have to tarnish the image of anyone. That’s why the ad-hoc committee has to be questioned by our disciplinary committee and if found guilty, appropriate measures have to be taken.”
Backing the argument, Spéciose Mukandutiye recalled that members of the ad hoc committee said, when their report was rejected, that they were ‘dictated’, and questioned the argument, “Who dictated you? Why did they do that? How? We hope that the disciplinary committee will come up with an answer to that.”
However, Aurélie Gahongayire who was the vice-chairperson of the ad-hoc committee, declared with emotion, that they had no intention of making any false allegations to anyone.
“For my part, I want to apologize. Everyone makes mistakes. We wanted to do our best and bring to light the facts. No one had the intention of accusing anybody without any facts,” she said tearfully.