The Western region Police spokesperson, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi said that Nkurikiyimana, the owner of the truck, was at the time transporting foodstuff from Rubavu.
"Police officers, who were conducting their usual road traffic management duties, stopped the vehicle that Nkurikiyimana was driving transporting assorted foodstuff. As they were checking his documents for the driver and the vehicle, they realized that the motor-vehicle inspection certificate he had was forged," said CIP Karekezi.
He added: "At first, Nkurikiyimana insisted that the certificate was genuine. This prompted the traffic officers to contact the Motor vehicle Inspection Center (MIC). It was confirmed that the certificate for the same vehicle had expired on July 6. The inspection appointment raised for his vehicle was approved for August 25, but the owner did not honor the appointment date.
Instead, he forged the certificate which indicated that it was issued on August 30, 2021 and was to be expired on February 30, 2022."
He warned drivers and owners of vehicles to avoid such criminal shortcuts.
Nkurikiyimana along with the vehicle was handed over to RIB at Mukamira station for further legal process.
Article 276 of the law determining offenses and penalties in general states that any person who, with a fraudulent intention, produces a false written document, causes to write false statements or produces a conflicting declaration, is considered to commit the offense of forgery.
Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years but not more than seven years and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million but not more than Rwf5 million or only one of these penalties.
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