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Fighting corruption: Two drivers arrested in attempted bribery

Two drivers have been arrested in Rulindo District for allegedly attempting to bribe police officers after they were caught in unlawful acts.

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Transporting pigs in the middle of the night

Edouard Karemera and Jean Bosco Nsabagasani were arrested on April 23 in Mukoto, Bushoki Sector.

Police spokesperson for the Northern region, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, said that Karemera, 41, tried to buy his way through with a bribe of Rwf6000 after he was found transporting pigs in the middle of the night, which is against the rules and procedures.

"The ministerial order partly specifies that livestock can only be transported during the day, but not at night. Karemera was stopped at a roadblock past midnight. On top of knowing that what he was doing was illegal, he also tried to bribe the officers to continue with his illegal act, and he was immediately arrested," said IP Gasasira.

Nsabagasani, on his part, is accused of offering a bribe of Rwf4000 to a police officer, who caught him transporting trees without an authorization document, as a norm, normally issued by the district.

"We appeal to the general public to do their activities in line with the law. When you go against the law...you will be held accountable. Trying to bribe officers or anyone is the worst option and an ill-advice that you will also have to answer before courts of law," he warned.

Article 640 of the penal code that stipulates that, “Any person who explicitly or implicitly offers, directly or indirectly proposes or promises a gift or any other illegal benefit, to a person in charge of a service, mission or mandate in order to render a service to him or her or somebody else, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of two to five years and a fine of two to ten times the value of the illegal benefit granted.”

Article 641 of the Penal Code stipulates that any person who directly or indirectly offers a gift in order to get an illegal service or refrain from carrying out their duties, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of between five and seven years or a fine of twice to 10 times the value of what they had offered in bribes, or both.

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