Two arrested over attempted bribery

On 24 December 2017 at 04:40

Two men identified as Jean Sauveur Mugwaneza and Adrien Mugabe were arrested separately in Nyanza and Burera districts, respectively, after they attempted to bribe police officers to influence unlawful decisions.

Mugwaneza was arrested this week in Nyanza after he allegedly attempted to bribe a Police officer with Rwf2, 000 to release his motorcycle.

The motorcycle RB 728X was impounded last month after it was found being used to traffic narcotic drugs.

Meanwhile, Mugabe, who was arrested in Burera had been caught with illicit gin when he offered a bribe of Rwf5, 000 to prevent further legal actions.

While Mugwaneza is currently detained at Byimana Police Station, Mugabe is also detained at Cyanika Police Station pending further investigations to forward their files to prosecution for further legal process.
nspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, the Northern Province Police spokesperson reminded that “corruption has diverse effects on service delivery, governance and development in general.”

“Fighting corruption requires combined efforts of everyone. Let this be a reminder that anyone that will try to bribe a police officer will be arrested to face the law. We also appeal to the general public to desist from such malpractices and report any leaders or anyone they witness or suspect to be soliciting a bribe,” the spokesperson said.

Article 640 of the penal code stipulates that, any person who explicitly or implicitly offers, directly or indirectly proposes or promises a gift or any other illegal benefit, to a person in charge of a service, mission or mandate in order to render a service to him/her or somebody else, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of two to five years and a fine of two to ten times the value of the illegal benefit granted or promised.