Police on Tuesday arrested three men were in connection to production of forged vehicle mechanical inspection certificate stickers.
Marcel Ndacyayishimira, 32, Jean de Dieu Buhoro, 24, and Emmanuel Habyarimana, 37, all residents of Kimironko sector in Gasabo District were found in possession of 30 forged stickers, according to Chief Supt. Dieudonné Banyundo, the Commanding Officer for the motor vehicle mechanical inspection centre.
“The successful operation was facilitated by credible information we received from members of the public about a racket in Kimironko that was attempting to fleece people selling them forged stickers, lying that they got them from police,” Banyundo said.
“We first arrested Marcel Ndacyayishimira, whom we caught red-handed with the 30 forged stickers. He then became cooperative and led us to the house of Emmanuel Habyarimana where we recovered a machine which they were using to print the forgeries,” he added.
He explained that some owners of cars that fail inspection go to people with forged stickers, which are sold at between Rwf15, 000 and Rwf30, 000, depending on the vehicle category.
“These illegal stickers undermine the efforts aimed at enhancing road safety,” he noted.
“The authentic papers can easily be obtained from Remera Motor vehicle Inspection Centre (MIC) and at the site where the Mobile Test Lane is operating.”
Chief Supt. Banyundo warned owners of vehicles, who use fraudulent means to acquire fake papers, that they will also be arrested.