Burera: Motorcyclist arrested over bribery
Police in Burera District have arrested Emmanuel Manirakiza, a taxi-moto operator in connecting with attempting to bribe a police officer so as the latter could release the former’s motorcycle that was impounded days before.
According to the Northern Region Police spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, traffic police found Manirakiza operating without a driver’s license and impounded his motorcycle.
“Six days later, on Oct 10, he came to Cyanika police station and attempted to bribe an officer on duty with Rwf 20,000 so as he could get is motorcycle back. The officer immediately arrested him and he is currently held at the same police station,” said the spokesperson.
He added that; “Police officers are well trained and have over and over exhibited the highest level of professionalism. Bribery is therefore not something we can tolerate. Those who seek services should go through the right channels.”
He also warned road users especially drivers and motorcyclists against operating without all legal documents like driving license and other requirements.
Article 641 of the Penal Code stipulates that any person who offers a gift in order to get an illegal service or refrain from carrying out any usual duties shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of five to seven years and a fine of twice or up to ten times the value of what they had offered in bribes.