Two arrested for soliciting bribes

On 9 January 2020 at 11:01

Two people were arrested separately on Tuesday in Kigali for allegedly soliciting bribes.

The suspects are Theoneste Mugabo, 42, arrested in Muhima, Nyarugenge District and Jean Bosco Musonera, 49, arrested in Rukuri II Cell of Remera Sector in Gasabo District.

According to the Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Marie-Gorette Umutesi, based on information provided by the would-be victims, police arrested Mugabo red-handed receiving Rwf10, 000.

“Mugabo, who is in-charge of night patrol (Irondo) and hygiene in Muhima sector, was at the time receiving Rwf10, 000 from someone, whom he had told that he would give him a job as a cleaner at Muhima sector offices,” said CIP Umutesi.

“Musonera, on his part, was at the time receiving Rwf25, 000 from a man, whom he had promised to retrieve a television set which had been confiscated during police operations,” she added.

The television set was seized recently from one Antoine Ndacyayisenga, who repairs and deals in used TVs in an operation against theft of electronics.

CIP Umutesi advised the public to go through legal processes to acquire services. She thanked the would-be victims for "standing up against corruption and providing information."

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.