Police warning as another aspiring driver is arrested over bribery

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On 18 February 2017 saa 12:00
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An aspiring driver and his brother were arrested Thursday in Nyanza District for allegedly attempting to bribe a police officer with Rwf150, 000, after the former failed practical driver’s license tests.

Claudine Tuyizere, 33, currently detained at Busasamana police station together with his youth brother – Valens Imanishimwe – were arrested after the former tried to bribe the supervising officer to enlist the latter on the list of those who passed.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda, the spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety department, warned aspiring drivers against such malpractices.

“We are aware of some of the driver’s license seekers who are ill-guided by their thinking that they can take such illegal and criminal channels to acquire a permit. Well, this and many others who have been arrested in an attempt should serve as an example and warning,” said CIP Kabanda.

He said that ensuring safer roads includes giving the permit to people who have been tested and qualified.

“There is no other alternative way of getting a driver’s license other than registering and seating for all the tests individually. No one should lie to you that you can have it without going through this legal channel. Either the person telling you an alternative channel is trying to cheat you or you are being ill-guided by your thoughts. Either way, you will be arrested when you try,” he said.

Last week, police in Gasabo arrested another driver’s license seeker as he was trying to offer a bribe of Rwf100, 000.

A similar incident occurred a fortnight ago in Nyaruguru district where police arrested another driver’s license seeker.