It was an impossible attempt for Aloys Mbonigaba of Gatsibo district, on November 27, when he attempted to bribe a police officer with Rwf100, 000 to release a suspect, but instead ended up joining him.
According to Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi, Police spokesperson for the Eastern region, it all started when Police in Gatsibo arrested one Felicien Mudende after he was caught red-handed trafficking and selling illicit drugs.
Mudende is Mbonigaba’s Godfather.
“This prompted Mbonigaba to call the Police commander of Muhura Police station requesting to meet, but the officer directed him to call another police officer at the station if he had any issue that concerns police,” IP Kayigi explained.
“He insisted that he wanted the commander, so they arranged to meet at the police station where Mbonigaba tried to seduce the officer with Rwf100, 000 in order to release Mudende, but he was apprehended in the act after the officer informed his colleagues,” he added.
He warned the public against such malpractices, adding that “bribery or corruption has no bleeding ground either in Rwanda National Police or in the country.”
“Rwanda National Police neither offers illegal services nor does it sell free services. It offers what is duly legal and fights anything illegal, so that public take that into account and follow the law instead of taking illegal and impossible channels to present or solve their issues.”
Fighting corruption is one of the RNP priorities.
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 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.