Two arrested with forged documents at driving test centres

On 14 January 2022 at 07:17

Two more people have been arrested at driving test sites in Rusizi and Nyanza districts with varied forged documents including fabricated RBC Covid-19 test results as the Rwanda National Police (RNP) department of Testing and Licensing continues to fight malpractices in driving tests.

They include Egide Ndikumana, 31, who was arrested Thursday, January 13, in Busasamana Sector, Nyanza District with a fabricated Covid-19 test message.

Abdoul Twaha, 30, who was also arrested on Wednesday, January 12, at Kamembe driving test centre in Rusizi District with a forged identity card and provisional driving licence in the names of one Issa Mwizerwa.

Their arrest came two days after other seven people were also apprehended at the driving test sites in Huye and Nyamagabe districts with forged ID cards and falsified RBC Covid-19 test results.

The Southern region Police spokesperson, Superintendent of Police (SP) Theobald Kanamugire, the suspects were identified as Police officers were checking the candidates’ documents.

“When Police officers at Busasamana site were checking whether the driving candidates fulfill the requirements, they noticed that Ndikumana had edited a Covid-19 test message, which had been sent to his wife," SP Kanamugire said.

For Abdoul Twaha, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Western region spokesperson, said that he was trying to do the practical driving tests for one Issa Mwizerwa.

"Twaha had a forged provisional driving licence and identity card. The ID card was in Issa Mwizerwa’s names but bearing Twaha’s photo. When searched, Twaha was found with a service card of one of the local transport companies where he was already a driver," said CIP Karekezi.

According to Twaha, Mwizerwa had promised to pay him Frw300,000 after passing the driving tests.

He urged those inspiring to be drivers to be first train and be equipped with competent knowledge and skills, follow due process to be good drivers and avoid imprisonment.

The suspects were handed over to RIB for further legal process as the search for accomplices is still ongoing.

Article 276 of the law determining offences and penalties in general states that any person, who in any manner, forges or alters documents by forged signature or fingerprint, falsifying documents or signatures or impersonation, forging agreements, its provisions, obligations, or discharged obligations, commits an offence.

Any person who, with fraudulent intention, produces a false written document, causes to write false statements or produces a conflicting declaration, is considered to commit the offence of forgery.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than five (5) years but not more than seven (7) years and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million or only one of these penalties.

The suspects were handed over to RIB for further legal process as the search for accomplices is still ongoing.