Rwanda: RwandAir Express staff arrested for alleged ticket sales fraud

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Three top managers at Rwanda's flag carrier, RwandAir Express, and one of their main travel agents have been arrested for alleged online ticket sales fraud.

They are among a number of people suspected of setting up an illegal network in processing online ticket sales as well as collection of funds valued at approximately US$30,000, an official statement said on Monday in Kigali.

The statement by the Chief Executive Officer of RwandAir Express, John Mirenge, said that the airline had worked with the Rwandan police to identify the "illegal transactions".

It said that the suspects were apprehended on 5 January and were in police custody. The names of the suspects were not disclosed.

The statement said the arrests followed an internal audit that unearthed the "embezzlement", the statement said.

The Rwandan airline currently flies to 13 destinations: Nairobi (Kenya), Entebbe (Uganda), Mombasa (Kenya), Bujumbura (Burundi), Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Johannesburg (South Africa), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Lagos (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), Douala (Cameroon) Juba (South Sudan), Libreville (Gabon) and Brazzaville (Congo).

Latest estimates show that transit passengers account for about 40% of RwandAir’s traffic.
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12 january 2015 20:35:44

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