Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested four people, separately, in connection with attempting to bribe police officers on duty.
The suspects were arrested in Nyarugenge, Kicukiro, Musanze and Nyabihu Districts on September 16.
Among them include Vincent Nzanywahimana who was arrested in Nyarugenge attempting to bribe an officer with Rwf5000 while in Kicukiro District, police arrested Theogene Niyonzima attempting to bribe an officer with Rwf10,000. The suspects are held at Kigali and Gatenga Police stations respectively.
In Nyabihu police arrested Jean Claude Nizeyimana who was trafficking dozens of Blue Sky. Upon his arrest, Nizeyimana attempted to bribe an officer with Rwf100,000. He is now held at Jenda Police station while in Musanze, police is holding Gilbert Bahati on the same charge. Bahati attempted to bribe an officer with Rwf2000 after he was found driving a car that had an expired mechanical inspection certificate.
Reacting to the arrests, the police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa, advised the public to refrain from corruption tendencies.
“We are up against anyone who is corrupt and we have put up stringent measures to ensure that nobody commits the crime and walks away with it. This is one of the measures put forward by the recent Police Council.Police has deployed special teams to ensure that no corrupt case goes unchecked.,” said ACP Twahirwa.
He noted that the law also punishes anyone who aid or abets corruption and hailed the highest level of professionalism exhibited by those officers who brought the suspects to books.
“Bribery is intolerable in Rwanda and we will use all possible and available means to fight it,” ACP Twahirwa emphasised.
He further noted that all police officers are very much informed of the consequences resulting from corruption and other related unprofessional conduct.
As per the penal code, the spokesperson said, the suspects risk a jail sentence of five to seven years and a fine of twice or up to ten times the value of what they had offered in bribes as stipulated in article 641.