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NYAGATARE: Man arrested for attempting to bribe Police officers

Police in Nyagatare District arrested a man on Sunday, March 12, for allegedly attempting to bribe one of their own in order to release his impounded motorcycle.

The motorcycle registration number RG 935Y, was impounded earlier after the suspect was found riding without a driver's license.

The police spokesperson for the Eastern region, Superintendent of Police (SP) Hamdun Twizeyimana said that the suspect was arrested in Gashenyi cell, Rukomo sector after he tried to give a bribe of Frw11,000.

"Police officers on duty stopped the rider and found him, among others, without a driver's license, and his motorcycle was impounded," SP Twizeyimana said.

Instead of going through the right channels, SP Twizeyimana added, the suspect tried to seduce the Police officers with a bribe of Frw11,000 to release his motorcycle illegally and to prevent related fines.

He was immediately taken into custody over bribery and handed over to RIB at Gatunda station.

SP Twizeyimana warned against riding or driving without a driver's license and violating other road safety standards.

"The thinking that you will give a bribe and get away with the offence is a misplaced idea that will only lead to imprisonment. You can imagine, this was a traffic offence which became criminal for something avoidable," he warned.

Article 4 of the law N° 54/2018 of 13/08/2018 on fighting against corruption states that any person who offers, 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, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of more than five (5) years but not more than even (7) years with a fine of three (3) to five (5) times the value of the illegal benefit offered, solicited or received.