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Two employees of motorcycle cooperative arrested attempting to solicit bribes
Published on 3-08-2016 - at 01:33' by Police

Two supervisors of commercial motorcyclists have been arrested in the City of Kigali in connection with soliciting bribes from their members.

Daniel Nkurunziza and Emmanuel Hitimana are accused of soliciting a bribe of Rwf5, 000 from one Justin Nkeshimana, whom they intercepted on July 30 in Gatenga Sector of Kicukiro District and impounded his private motorcycle apparently after they found him riding without a driver’s licence.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Emmanuel Hitayezu, Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali said the two men were arrested red-handed in Kigarama Sector also in Kicukiro, where they had taken the motorcycle.

“The suspects were arrested on August 1 after receiving the bribe from Nkeshimana after the latter informed Police,” Supt. Hitayezu said.

“They had attempted to engage Nkeshimana into putting in writing that they had forgiven him and handed his motorcycle back to him without receiving any personal gains from him, but police officers were following every development and when Nkeshimana gave them money after signing the document, police immediately arrested them,” he added.

The suspects are currently detained at Gikondo Police station pending further legal proceedings.

“First, it wasn’t in their duties to ask for traffic related documents and worse still, they went ahead to solicit bribes, which is a high impact crime that shouldn’t be tolerated by anyone. The Traffic and Road Safety department is the only entity charged with asking such documents and penalizing those caught breaching road safety standards," he noted.

Fighting corruption, he emphasized, is one of the priorities of Rwanda National Police, and appealed to the general public to refrain from such malpractices, go through proper channels to acquire services or accomplish their tasks and partner with police to fight the vice.



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