Nyirishema was trying to offer a bribe of Frw40,000 to influence Police officers to issue a roadworthy certificate for his vehicle, regardless of its mechanical errors.
The Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, said that Nyirishema, a vehicle broker, had brought a truck for mechanical inspection.
"Instead, he tried to bribe the AIC technicians so as to ignore all the identified mechanical faults and to issue the mechanical inspection certificate.
Like many others, who have tried these criminal actions before, Nyirishema was arrested red-handed and handed over to RIB," CP Kabera said.
The truck he was driving, he added, had multiple mechanical faults including loose brakes, broken chassis, gas emission and diesel fuel leak.
"Imagine the dangers of driving a vehicle with no brakes and with a broken chassis. The inspection rather gives you a detailed status of your vehicle and as a responsible person, you should instead fix such faults to be safe on road but also to save other road users, instead of trying to bribe Police officers, which only lead to your arrest and imprisonment," said CP Kabera.
Article 4 of the law N° 54/2018 of 13/08/2018 on fighting against corruption states that any person who offers, solicits, accepts or receives, by any means, an illegal benefit for himself/ herself or another person or accepts a promise in order to render or omit a service under his or her mandate or uses his or her position to render or omit a service, commits an offence.
Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of more than five (5) years but not more than even (7) years with a fine of three (3) to five (5) times the value of the illegal benefit offered, solicited or received.