Rwanda Olympic Committee Official Arrested for Corruption

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By Daniel Sabiiti

Rwanda Olympic committee (CNOSR) official Jean De Dieu Mukundiyukuri has been arrested over allegations of bribery and corruption.

Mukundiyukuri, has been the Executive Director of CNOSR and formerly served as a beach volleyball referee before assuming this post in March last year.

He becomes the third sports official to be thrown in jail in less than three days after two official of the Rwanda Volleyball association were also arrested under similar allegations.

Police spokesman ACP Theos Badege confirmed the developments saying that the suspect was arrested on February 13, and he is under police custody pending an investigation.

“Mukundiyukuri has been arrested under corruption charges in which he and other volleyball officials are suspected to have been involved in” Badege told KigaliToday.

Mukundiyukuri had succeeded one Serge Mwambali who also had been fired over gross mismanagement and administrative errors.

Sporting bribery and corruption allegations have rocked the country for years, and Transparency International (TI)-Rwanda officials started pushing government to prosecute suspected criminals involved- which involved mostly high profile personalities.

In September 2016, the Secretary General of Rwanda football federation (Ferwafa), Olivier Murindahabi was arrest on allegations of corruption in the tendering process of the proposed construction of a four star multi million Ferwafa hotel in Remera sector in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

The Ferwafa executive secretary was officially charged with crimes of bribery and sent to jail- which he served; but he has since been released and returned to his former profession as a lawyer.

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