A motorcyclist in Rubavu District was arrested over the weekend following allegations that he attempted to bribe a police officer so as to secure release of his motorcycle that had been impounded on traffic-related offences.
Police identified the suspect as Jean Bosco Majyambere who hails from Gasiza Cell of Busasamana sector.
Police Spokesperson for the Western Region, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Theobald Kanamugire, said that the suspect, attempted to bribe an officer on duty with Rwf5000 to release his motorcycle, which had been impounded for overloading.
“Majyambere’s motorcycle had previously been found carrying three people, which is against the traffic rules. Instead of going through the proper channels to get back his motorcycle, he opted to bribe an officer and he was immediately arrested,” said CIP Kanamugire.
He warned that police have put strict measures against corruption and bribery in particular, and maintained that the fight against such malpractices lies in the day-to-day duties of officers.
Article 641 of the Penal Code stipulates that any person who offers a gift in order to get an illegal service or refrain from carrying out their duties shall be liable to a term of imprisonment between five and seven years or a fine twice to ten times the value of what they had offered in bribes or both.