Rwanda National Police (RNP) has reminded the public that tough measures awaits anyone who attempts to bribe officers and emphasised strict respect for the law instead of resorting to offering or soliciting bribes to acquire or give a service.
The call comes after police arrested three men in the City of Kigali connection with attempting to bribe officers so as they acquire services in an inappropriate way.
Police identified one of the suspects as David Ntakirutimana who was arrested on October 25 as he allegedly failed a driving test but instead attempted to bribe an officer in charge with Rwf40, 000 to have his name on the list of those who passed.
The other two suspects; Vincent Nzeyimana and Eric Nyakana were arrested at the Motor vehicle Inspection Center (MIC) in Remera apparently trying to give a bribe of Rwf 20,000 and Rwf 10,000, respectively, to illegally acquire inspection certificates after their vehicles failed the test.
They are held at Remera Police station as investigations proceed.
“Instead of acquiring services through a proper channel, some individuals resort to bribery but they should be ready to face the consequences as well,” Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda, the Spokesperson for Traffic and Road Safety department, said.
He commended the officers for standing by their norms and professional conduct to desist such attempts and arrest the suspects.
He noted that the process of wither acquiring a driver’s license or vehicle inspection has been made easy and that there is no need to act irresponsibly.
In the Penal code, bribery is defined under article 633, section D, as giving or agreeing to give a gift in cash or any other illegal benefit, for the provision of a service or an act in unlawful way, or to reward the provider of the service or act rendered by a recipient or an intermediary.
Article 641 of the Penal Code stipulates that any person who directly or indirectly offers a gift in order to get an illegal service or refrain from carrying out any usual duties shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of five to seven years and a fine of twice or up to ten times the value of what they had offered in bribes.