March 21, 2019

Angry MPs Wait For Education Ministry Officials In Vain

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PAC members waited in the meeting room restlessly. They have resolved to investigate MINEDUC

A delegation of senior Education Ministry (MINEDUC) officials that was to appear in Parliament yesterday evening, did not show up.

Parliament’s state finances watchdog the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had summoned MINEDUC to defend themselves on issues raised by the Auditor General’s report from 2014-2016.

Among officials summoned are heads of agencies such as Rwanda Education Board and High Education Council.

They were to appear in the PAC committee room at 2:30pm on Wednesday.

PAC members headed by Social Democratic Party (PSD) lawmaker Dr. Ngabitsinze Jean Chrysostome waited for over an hour. They could be seen fuming as they moved restlessly around the meeting room in the Parliamentary buildings.

It emerged later that PAC chief had been told by the education ministry in phone conversations that they had not received the summon letters.

It is very unusual for such incident to happen, that a particular institution is summoned to Parliament and the letters do not reach them.

The PAC members held a close door session in which they agreed to investigate why the MIDEDUC team did not show up. It is after knowing this that another session will be scheduled.

The education ministry has faced tough questions in previous sessions. For example, REB paid more than double monthly rent compared to market price for a building to keep computers that were supposed to have been distributed to students.

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