Woman held in attempted bribery

On 7 December 2019 at 11:06

Saidate Mukandayisenga, a resident of Kigabiro Sector in Rwamagana District, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to bribe law enforcement officers so as to influence the unlawful release of her detained friend.

Mukandayisenga’s friend identified as Jean Semugaza, was arrested recently in Kigabiro alongside one Assouma Uwimana, with 1850 pellets of cannabis.

“Mukandayisenga approached law enforcement officers at Kigabiro station with a bribe of Rwf50, 000 so as to release Semugaza. She was immediately arrested for the alleged crime,” said Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Hamdun Twizeyimana, the Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, said.

It is suspected that the bribery attempt was initiated by Uwimana, a suspected major drug dealer in Rwamagana.

Semugaza is said to be one of Uwimana’s retailers.

The spokesperson warned against bribery and other graft related crimes.

“Corruption or bribery and trafficking and sale of narcotics are serious crimes, which no one should tolerate. A wrong thing cannot correct another; when you commit a crime to be ready to face the consequences, trying to corrupt officials will be another crime which you will face before courts of law.”

In article 4 of the law on fighting against 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 offence.

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/herself or another person to have a service rendered or omitted.