The Rwanda National Police (RNP) department of Testing and Licensing department has arrested seven people at driving test centres in Huye and Nyamagabe districts, with forged identity cards and Covid-19 test results.
They were arrested separately on Monday and Tuesday at the centres where they were attempting to sit for provisional driving tests.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, the Southern Region Police spokesperson said that the trio of Elie Sibomana, 26, Cedrique Ntakirutimana, 22, and Aphrodice Biraboneye, 26, arrested Tuesday, January 11, at Huye stadium examination site with falsified Covid-19 test results.
"One of the conditions to do the driving tests, a candidate must present negative Covid-19 test. These three candidates had tested positive but altered the results to look like they are negative. Fortunate enough, Police officers managed to identify them," said SP Kanamugire.
He urged driving test candidates to adhere to the government directives and the conditions set by RNP, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
SP Kanamugire said that the three Covid-19 positive candidates were taken to the isolation centre.
Meanwhile, four other people were arrested in Nyamagabe on Monday with forged ID cards.
SP Kanamugire added that the quartet was attempting to do provisional driving tests for other registered candidates.
They are Emmanuel Haragirimana, Jean de Dieu Iradukunda, Eugenie Musabyimana and Alexandre Manirarora.
"The four people arrested at the provisional driving test site in Nyamagabe are not registered candidates. They were hired to do the tests for other people," said SP Kanamugire.
Available information indicate that they had been hired for Frw100, 000 by some candidates to do the provisional tests for them.
One of the suspects, Jean De Dieu Iradukunda, said that he was hired by one Xavier Muyombano. He added that this was his second time in these malpractices.
SP Kanamugire said that law enforcement organs are still searching for those, who hired them.
Article 276 of the law determining offences and penalties in general states that any person, who in any manner, forges or alters documents by forged signature or fingerprint, falsifying documents or signatures or impersonation, forging agreements, its provisions, obligations, or discharged obligations, commits an offence.
Any person who, with fraudulent intention, produces a false written document, causes to write false statements or produces a conflicting declaration, is considered to commit the offence of forgery.
Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than five (5) years but not more than seven (7) years and a fine of not less than Frw3 million and not more than Frw5 million or only one of these penalties.