Two commercial motorcyclists identified as Jean Damascene Munyampeta and Emmanuel Nshimiyimana, have been arrested in connection with attempting to offer a bribe of Rwf60, 000 and using a forged driver’s license, respectively.
They were arrested separately on November 18 in Gatsibo and Kicukiro, respectively.
The District Police Commander (DPC) of Gatsibo, Supt. Eric Kabera, while reacting on Munyampeta’s arrest, said that he was on November 16 intercepted as he was trafficking boxes of an illicit gin called Zebra Waragi, but managed to escape the arrest leaving his motorcycle behind.
“The motorcycle was impounded to Kabarore Police station where the seized gin was also taken; two days later, he telephoned a police officer who was handling his dossier and promised him Rwf60, 000 if he dropped drug-related charges against him and also give him his motorcycle and the gin, but the officer reported the matter to his superiors and Munyampeta was arrested red-handed giving money to the officer,” Supt. Kabera said.
He warned motorcyclists against facilitating drug traffickers.
“We have arrested a number of motorcyclists as they transported illicit gin. This is the common means of transport that drug dealers’ use to traffic especially banned gin parked in sachets, from porous borders to their destination using feeder roads, but fortunate enough, we have built good policing relations with the residents, who inform us every time they see such criminal businesses,” he noted.
“We have marked the remote routes they use and we are also working with their cooperatives to identify rascal members,” the DPC said.
Elsewhere, Nshimiyimana was apprehended in Kicukiro Sector while riding a commercial motorcycle – RC 127M – with a forged driver’s license.
Spokesperson for traffic and road safety department, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda advised anyone that could be holding a forged traffic document to or thinking of getting one to “think twice before they are arrested.”
“We also have information about some elements, who pose as brokers and manipulate some driver’s license seekers that they can help them get a license and defraud them or give them forged one. Let it be clear that police has no such brokers and license tests are done by an individual; even if you pass, you process and collect your license as an individual, no third party,” CIP Kabanda explained.