Dushimiyimana, who hails from Kigabiro Sector of Rwamagana District, was taken into custody on Sunday in Nyarurembo Village, Kiniha Cell of Bwishyura Sector in Karongi as he was handing over the money.
The Rwf200, 000 bribe was meant to influence the release of his friend, who was apprehended recently over forgery, according to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Twizere Karekezi, the Police spokesperson for the Western region.
“Dushimiyimana had travelled from Kigabiro in Rwamagana District to bring the bribe so as to release his friend called Emmanuel Dushimimana currently detained at Bwishyura Police station. He was arrested red-handed giving the bribe after Police and investigators worked together against the criminal act,” CIP Karekezi said.
Emmanuel Dushimimana was arrested last Saturday while doing the provisional driver’s licence test on behalf of one Gad Niyitegeka.
“He (Emmanuel Dushimimana) was at the time of his arrest found with a forged national identify card. The photo on the ID card matched with him but the address and names were for Gad Niyitegeka,” said CIP karekezi.
He warned that “there’s zero tolerance policy on corruption or bribery in our country because it has diverse effects on individuals, service delivery, governance, justice and development of the country.”
“We advise the public to avoid anything that would tempt them into either offering or receiving bribes, and encourage sharing of information on those involved to ensure that they are arrested to face the law.”
According to article 4 of the Law on Fighting Against Corruption, any person who offers, solicits, accepts or receives, by any means, an illegal benefit for himself/herself or another person in order to render or omit a service under his or her mandate, commits an offense.
Upon conviction, the offender is liable to imprisonment for a term of more than five years but not more than seven years, with a fine of three to five times the value of the illegal benefit solicited or received.