Police arrest driver who ploughed into gathering

On 28 January 2021 at 06:54

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested a man, who was seen in a video footage ploughing his vehicle into a gathering on Tuesday night in City of Kigali.

Fabrice Ndayisaba was driving the vehicle plate number RAC 176H, which ploughed into the gathering at about 11pm at Mushumba Mwiza in Remera, Gasabo District as they celebrated a win by the national team football team, Amavubi, who beat Togo 3-2 to progress into the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) that is underway in Cameroon.

However, no one was hurt in the process.

Ndayisaba, who was showed to the media on Wednesday, January 27, admitted that he was at the time under the influence of alcohol.

He disclosed that he took the alcoholic drinks from his office and regretted the inapproptiate behaviours and reckless driving that could have resulted into fatal accident.

"I took the alcoholic drinks from my office and got drunk. As I was going home, I encountered a big gathering and because I was drunk it affected my judgement; I even rammed into a ditch as I was trying to make a u-turn," Ndayisaba said.

Besides being drunk, Ndayisaba was also moving in prohibited hours as his movement clearance permit had expired at 5pm.

Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Africa Sendahangarwa Apollo, RNP deputy Police spokesperson, warned that the force will not tolerate such reckless driving behaviours, which put lives of road users at risk.

"People who drive while drunk or other reckless use of road will not be entertained. He put his life at risk; people who were on the road equally survived because his driving behaviours, as the video footage shows, were nasty.

Again, Ndayisaba was even not supposed to be on the road at that time because the movement clearance given to him was clear; he was supposed to be home by 5pm," CSP Africa said.

Investigations, he said, will ascertain if there are other violations or offences that Ndayisaba committed in the process before he is given an appropriate penalty.

The deputy spokesperson took time to also to urge the general public not to be over joyous to flout the directives thus exposing lives at the risk of getting infected or spreading COVID-19.

"The people that Ndayisaba was about to knock had violated the lockdown just because they were celebrating the national football team triump. They left their homes and thronged streets. Such reckless celebrations should not happen again. Let us express our joy from our respective homes. Any event that brings together many people is prohibited," CSP Africa said.