Education

Headmaster disguised as student during state exam sentenced to 5 years

Benjamin Manirambona, a headmaster who was caught doing a national exam for his student has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Mr Manirambona, Buterere Technical School headmaster, was arrested on Friday 10 August while he was taking a national exam in the place of a student.

Benjamin Manirambona was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 10 years without doing public service

Benjamin Manirambona was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 10 years without doing public service

He was later on taken into police custody until this Tuesday 14th August when his trial was proceeded in urgent penal procedure. He was tried together with Lazarre Nihezagire, accounting secretary and Eric Nkurunziza, the accountant at Buterere Technical School.

The public prosecutor had suggested that Benjamin Manirambona should be jailed for 12 years and fined BIF 200,000. After the trial, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 10 years without doing any public service.

Manirambona has been charged false statements, exam fraud, and falsification of school reports, and forgery.

Lazarre Nihezagire and Eric Nkurunziza were sentenced to 2 years and half in prison and 5 years without doing any public service, both of them have been charged with false statements and exam fraud.
When he got caught, Mr Manirambona said he was taking an electronics exam on behalf of a soldier who is serving in Burundian peacekeeping force in Somalia.

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