Rwanda: Kagame places Youth Minister Bamporiki under house arrest

    President Paul Kagame has suspended Edouard Bamporiki as Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth and Culture.

    “Bamporiki Edouard who was the State Minister in the Ministry of Youth and Culture is under house arrest, being investigated for serious cases of corruption,” Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) announced Thursday.

    Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, in a statement released on behalf of Kagame, said Bamporiki is also under investigation over “matters of accountability”.

    “Today, the 5th May 2022, His Excellency The President has suspended Mr Bamporiki Edouard from his duties as Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth and Culture owing to matters of accountability under investigation,” reads of part of Ngirente’s statement.

    Bamporiki, who was appointed to cabinet in 2019 is accused of “serious cases of corruption” which authorities did not disclose.

    Bamporiki was a supporter of President Kagame and the ruling party.

    He is a poet, film producer and famous radio drama actor.

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