Gashema was arrested Friday, October 7, at the Rwamagana based Automobile Inspection Center where he was trying to give the bribe so as to influence the officer to issue a mechanical inspection certificate for his vehicle.
According to Superintendent of Police (SP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, Gashema’s vehicle, a commercial truck registration number RAC 651C, had mechanic faults, and wanted the Police officer to ignore them and issue a roadworthy certificate.
"The truck had mechanical faults including loose breaks, leaking engine and issues in its gearbox. So, Gashema approached one of the officers with a bribe of Rwf70,000 to influence him to ignore the identified mechanic faults and issue the certificate. The officer reported to his superior and Gashema was arrested red-handed giving the bribe," SP Twizeyimana.
He was handed over to RIB at Kigabiro station for further investigations.
Gashema also identified another person called Jean D’Amour Nteziryayo, whom he alleged that he gave him the money to bribe the Police officer.
Nteziryayo, Gashema said, was overseeing the operations of the truck.
"When you take your automobile for mechanical inspection, it is a good opportunity to know its status and to prevent accidents, loss of lives and destruction of property resulting from such mechanical failures. It is a life-saving chance to know what to fix in your vehicle.
Trying to offer a bribe will only lead to your arrest and imprisonment for such avoidable malpractice," said SP Twizeyimana.
Vehicle inspection is mandated by the Presidential Decree No. 85/01 of September 2, 2002, to prevent accidents that arise out of mechanical faults.
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 years but not more than even years with a fine of three to five times the value of the illegal benefit offered, solicited or received.