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Two arrested for attempting to bribe police officers
Published on 27-07-2016 - at 01:17' by Police

Police in Kayonza District have arrested two people in connection with attempting to bribe a police officer with Rwf5000 as means to transport charcoal.

According to the Kayonza District Police Commander (DPC), Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Regis Ruzindana, the duo, Fidel Gahutu and Nzabarirwa Cyprien were arrested in Mwiri sector and are currently held at Mwiri police station.

“Police officers were on duty at around 02:00am when Nzabarirwa approached them on a motorcycle and attempted to bribe them with Rwf5000 in order to let the truck driven by Gahutu pass without inspection,” said CIP Ruzindana.

“Nzabarirwa told officers that he was doing it on behalf of Gahutu who had sent him since he had illegally loaded sacks of charcoal without authorization.”

“A few minutes later, Gahutu arrived driving a Fuso with plate number RAA 837 Y loaded with 115 sacks of charcoal. The two were arrested immediately.”

The organic law determining the modalities of protection, conservation and promotion of environment in Rwanda prohibits the felling of trees in forests and protected areas.

Article 96 states that “anyone who, in a manner that is not provided for by the law that governs it, burns, cuts trees or who causes others to do so or kills animals in protected forests and other protected areas and in national parks, is punished by an imprisonment of two months to two years and a fine ranging from Rwf300, 000 to Rwf2 million or one of the two penalties.”

Accomplices are also liable for the same penalties.

“Cutting of trees or deforestation contributes to environment degradation, which in one way or another has effects on people’s health and the ecosystem, which we can’t allow. These are acts that are against the environmental law and other legal instruments like the penal code in its article 416,” said the DPC.

He appealed to communities residing near forestry reserves to take the lead to conserve them and report those who encroach on them.



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