Augustin Nsanzimfura, the commercial motorcyclist, and Nzanana Evariste alias Gakara were arrested in action on Tuesday, July 3, as they tried to offer the bribe to influence the unlawful release of the former’s motorcycle, plate number RE 374K, which was impounded about two months ago over varied serious traffic violations.
The Southern region Police spokesperson, Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire said that Nsanzimfura had paid Gakara to help him seduce the traffic officer handling the case, with the bribe to illegally bail out his motorcycle.
“The motorcycle belonging to Nsanzimfura was impounded two months in Kamonyi District over separate serious traffic rules and regulations offences including speeding, riding under the influence of alcohol and had no driver’s license. Related fines for the violations had also accrued to Rwf635, 000 over a period of time," SP Kanamugire said.
He added: "We understand that Nsanzimfura paid Gakara Rwf30, 000 in order to help him locate and seduce the traffic officer in Kamonyi, who was handling the case. That is how they travelled to Kamonyi on Tuesday after contacting the traffic officer, and they were arrested red-handed at about 5pm handing over Frw50000 to the officer, who had reported to his superiors prior about the planned bribe."
SP Kanamugire warned against such "criminal practices" and advised motorists to always abide by traffic rules and regulations, and in case they are penalized for any offence, they should clear the fines instead of taking criminal shortcuts which lead to arrest and likely spending many years in prison for such avoidable behaviours.
“Do not commit a crime trying to rectify a traffic offence," SP Kanamugire advised.
The suspects were handed over to RIB at Runda station for further legal actions.
Under article 4 of law n° 54/2018 of 13/08/2018 on fighting against corruption, any person who 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 between five years and seven years with a fine of three to five times the value of the illegal benefit offered, solicited or received.
Penalties provided under this article also apply to a person, who offers or promises to offer a benefit, by any means, an illegal benefit for him/ herself or another person to have a service rendered or omitted.
If acts referred to in Paragraph One and 3 of this Article are committed in order to perform an act contrary to law, the penalty is imprisonment between seven years and ten years with a fine of three to five times the value in Rwandan francs of the illegal benefit received or offered.