Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Alexis Rugigana, the Police spokesperson for the Northern region, said that Mbarukuze’s permit was identified after he was involved in a road crash.
“Mbarukuze, who was driving a vehicle, registration number RAD 610J was involved in a road crash in Musanze town. As traffic officers were investigating the accident, they noticed that his driver’s permit was forged, and he was taken into custody,” CIP Rugigana said.
The confiscated fake permit indicates that it was issued on September 13, 2019.
“Two people have so far been implicated to have been part of this whole criminal act, law enforcement agencies are working together to arrest them to face justice,” CIP Rugigana said.
It is said that Mbarukuze took the criminal shortcut and was also duped Rwf300, 000 believing that he would get a genuine driver’s licence.
The Traffic and Road Safety department uses a Hand-Held Terminal (HHT) device to check the authenticity of driver’s licence and motor-vehicle inspection certificate.
“Taking criminal shortcut is one thing but beware that you will be arrested to face the law. The process of acquiring a driver’s permit was made easy, no need to take criminal channels, which will land you in prison,” CIP Rugigana advised.
Forgery or using a forged document, under article 276 of the penal code, attracts an imprisonment term of between five and seven years, and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million but not more than Rwf5 million or only one of these penalties.