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Rwanda: PAC Tasks Rwanda Polytechnic to Explain Overspending

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Rwanda Polytechnic (RP) spent more than Rwf22 billion in the financial year 2018/2019, or about Rwf7 billion more compared to its Rwf15 billion budget that was approved by Parliament, something that has irked members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

In addition, RP offered tenders which are more than double the original value, as they were worth Rwf801 million compared to Rwf347 million budget, an increase of Rwf454 million.

That includes a tender for workshop tools which was supposed to be Rwf224 million, yet, it was offered at Rwf594 million, indicating additional spending of Rwf370 million.

Appearing before PAC during a public hearing held virtually on Monday, September 14, 2020, RP officials said that the overspending resulted from the academic institution’s needs and budget reallocation as well as its own revenues.

They were providing explanations on the mismanagement cases identified while PAC was scrutinising the Auditor General’s report of the year 2018/2019.

Diogene Nsabimana, Director of Administration and Finance said that the difference between the allocation approved by Parliament and RP’s expenditure resulted from revenues that were generated by its colleges – Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centres (IPRCs).

He said that RP raked in Rwf5 billion, while the remaining Rwf2 billion was from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). He explained that KOIKA reached a grant agreement with the Workforce Development Authority (WDA), and WDA gave the project to RP so that it implements it. Then, the money was transferred to RP for that purpose.