More arrested in investigations over missing ‘One Laptop per Child’

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 Ongoing investigations into the mismanagement and stealing of laptops under ‘One Laptop per Child’ programme have led to the arrest of five people in Nyaruguru District.

Those arrested include the former headmaster of Groupe Scolaire Munini, Vincent Sebago, and four other current teaching staff at the same school including the accountant Bonaventure Ndabakuranye; Nyangezi Bertin (teacher); Claude Uwiringiyimana (IT) and the director of studies, Apiane Habarurema.

Police spokesperson for the Southern Province, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Andre Hakizimana, said that investigations have linked the quintet to the two missing OLPC and a desktop that were not accounted for at the school.

“During the official handover to the new headmaster, Sebago in his report, indicated handover all the 518 laptops under OLPC and eleven desktops given to the school. However, the new school management, during verification, found out that two laptops and a desktop were missing, and all investigations link the five to have connived in the crime,” said CIP Hakizimana.

“It is not how much or quantity that is stolen; it’s about responsibility and accountability. When something happens, no matter how big or small it is, you will be held accountable,” he added.

The Rwanda Education Board (REB) survey conducted late last year, indicates that at least 88 laptops under OLPC were not accounted for in various schools in Nyaruguru.

Last week, 12 head-teachers and teachers were arrested in Rwamagana and Gatribo districts, where 384 laptops went missing.

In general, over 1000 laptops were not accounted for in the Eastern Province while over 500 went missing in all the eight districts of the Southern Province.

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has since launched investigations into all social programmes including OLPC, VUP-Umurenge and Gir’inka (one cow per poor family), among others, through which scores have been arrested.


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