James Rudahigwa, 42, was arrested red-handed receiving the money from Francois Ugirumurera, whom he had promised to help reopen her bar located in Nyarugunga Sector.
Ugirumurera’s bar was closed recently by local leaders due to poor hygiene.
According to the Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorrette Umutesi, the Police Spokesperson for Central region, Rudahigwa approached Ugirumurera and demanded Rwf30, 000 so as to help her reopen her bar.
"Rudahigwa told Ugirumurera that he’s a driver at Nyarugunga Sector and a friend to the same local leaders who closed her bar. He demanded Rwf30, 000 so as to convince the officials to reopen her bar," said CIP Umutesi.
"Ugirumurera took the bold and legal decision to report it to the law enforcement and Rudahigwa was arrested redhanded receiving the money," she explained.
“The public should take legal decisions... abide by the laws instead of taking criminal shortcuts to which they will be arrested."
According to article 4 of the law on 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 offense.
Upon conviction, the offender is liable to imprisonment for a term of more than five years but not more than seven years with a fine of three to five times the value of the illegal benefit solicited 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/her or another person to have a service rendered or omitted.