Suspected impersonator, fraudster arrested

Police in Kicukiro District has arrested a suspected impersonator identified as Emmanuel Sibomana, 37, who was allegedly defrauding people.

According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, the Police spokesperson for City of Kigali, Sibomana was arrested red-handed on Tuesday receiving Rwf50, 000 from one of the victims in Nyarugunga Sector.

The suspect was mainly targeting people constructing houses or seeking documents to renovate their residential houses, CIP Umutesi said.

“Sibomana went to the site, where the would-be victim was renovating a house, claiming to be an employee at Nyarugunga Sector appointed by City of Kigali to oversee construction activities in the sector,” CIP Umutesi said.

“He demanded to see the construction permit, which he was given, but threatened them that they had included a veranda, which is not indicated on the permit and demanded Rwf50, 000 so as not to report the matter which would result into the demolition of part of the house,” she added.

Instead, CIP Umutesi explained, the would-be victim reported the matter to law enforcement organs and Sibomana was arrested red-handed receiving the money. He was also found with the forged service card, apparently issued by City of Kigali.

The spokesperson advised the general public never to fall prey to such conmen, noting that “both giving and receiving bribes constitute a crime.”

“Even if you are doing something unlawful, giving a bribe will be another serious criminal act, we advise you to report such conmen and people soliciting bribes.”

Article 174 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, states that any person who, by deception, obtains another person’s property, whole or part of his/her finance by use of false names or qualifications, or who offers positive promises or who threatens of future misfortunes, commits an offence.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than two years and not more than three years, and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million.  

In article 279, any person who, without title, usurps public, civil or military functions or poses the acts of one of these functions or falsely attributes to himself/herself the quality of a public official… with an intention to mislead the public, faces an imprisonment for a term of not less than two years and not more than three years with a fine of not less than Rwf300, 000 and not more than Rwf500, 000.

Article 4 of the law on fighting against corruption, any person who solicits, accepts or receives, by any means, an illegal benefit for himself/herself or another person or accepts a promise in order to render or omit a service under his or her mandate or uses his or her position to render or omit a service, commits an offence.    

Upon conviction, the offender is liable to imprisonment for a term of more than five years but not more than seven years with a fine of three to five times the value of the illegal benefit solicited received.


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