Fighting corruption: More drivers arrested over attempted bribery

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On 3 March 2017 saa 09:32
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Less than a week after Rwanda National Police (RNP) arrested 30 people in connection with attempting to bribe officers, three more drivers have also been caught over similar offence.

Emmanuel Nzayituriki, 30, Gratien Nzabonimpa, 30, and Ramazani Issa, 33, were arrested separately on March 2 in Rubavu, Kirehe and Rusizi districts, respectively.

Ramazani, a truck driver allegedly attempted to give a bribe of US$10 to prevent penalties after he was caught for over speeding.

Nzaturiki, whose arrest came after he tried to offer a bribe of Rwf4, 000, had been caught driving on warn-out tyres while had attempted to give a bribe of Rwf2, 000 to prevent a penalty for transporting goods without authorization permit.

Police spokesperson for the Western Province, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire, reacting on the arrests, warned of "immediate arrest" for whoever tries in any way to give a bribe or to buy an illegal service.

"It should be clear that there will be no mercy. A free service shouldn’t be sold and whoever is asked for a bribe to acquire any free service should immediately report it. The same applies to whoever attempts to buy or influence an illegal service. Put should say no to such and should speak out on any form of corruption," he said.

RNP, through its Inspectorate of services and Ethics, has strengthened efforts in the fight against all forms of corruption both with in the force and in all institutions, through awareness and partnership with the public, who report graft.