Four aspiring drivers in Nyagatare District ended up in police custody after they attempted to bribe officers to credit them on the list of successful candidates, apparently after failing the driving tests.
Police said Phillipe Ndikumana, Isaac Nzirorera and John Bicamumpaka were apprehended separately on Tuesday while attempting to give money to officers who were supervising the process.
They were all arrested at the same site where driver’s license tests were being conducted.
The fourth suspect identified as Mohamed Mpfuyisoni was arrested at Gahanga Police station later where he had followed the officers and attempted to seduce them with Rwf20, 000 to award him category B permit.
Chief Inspect of Police (CIP), the spokesperson for traffic and road safety department, said: “All the suspects were arrested red-handed. Nzirorera was giving a bribe of Rwf50, 000 to award him category C; Bicamubicika, who was looking for category A (motorcycle) offered a bribe of Rwf200, 000; while Ndikumana, who was also looking for category A was offering a bribe of Rwf147, 000.”
He cautioned aspiring drivers and the public in general against any attempt to acquire traffic related services illegally, warning of “arrest and prosecution” of anyone who will be caught in such criminal tendencies.
“Offering an illegitimate driver’s permits is like committing suicide and granting permission to unqualified drivers to kill people on roads, which we can’t afford and ready to fight” he said.
Last week, two other aspiring drivers were arrested in Kigali and Nyanza District over a similar offence.
Drivers and aspiring drivers are among the majority group that have been arrested in connection with trying to bribe police officers.