Duo arrested for attempting to bribe police officers
Police in Kigali are holding two men who were arrested allegedly attempting to bribe an officer on duty.
The men, Emmanuel Utabarutse 25 and Omar Dushimiyimana, were arrested on January 23 in Niboye Sector of Kicukiro district.
Police said the duo attempted to bribe the officer after the latter found them with 70 pellets of cannabis.
According to the Central Region Police Spokesperson Superintendent of Police (SP) Modeste Mbabazi, Niboye residents had tipped the police about the Utabarutse being a drug dealer.
Police mounted an operation and arrested him. â€œHowever, upon his arrest, Utabarutse hastened to call Dushimiyimana and asked him to bring Rwf50,000 so as he could bribe his way out of the police custody.â€Ž”
Indeed, Dushimiyimana brought the money and the two were eventually arrested red handed as they attempted to bribe an officer.
According to SP Mbabazi, â€œAt Rwanda National Police, we have adopted a zero tolerance policy toward corruption, so itâ€™s high time people understand that attempting to bribe a Police officer, is no wisdom.â€
He warned the public against such malpractices, adding that â€œbribery or corruption has no breeding ground either in Rwanda National Police (RNP) or in the country.â€
â€œRNP taken a number of measures and will continue to stand against such conduct so the public should take that into account and remain law abiding instead of taking shortcuts and illegal channels.â€
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.