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Rwanda Police Arrests Three In Driver’s License Scam

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Three people belonging to the same coordinated ring, have been arrested in City of Kigali in connection with scamming aspiring drivers promising to give them driver’s license.

The fraudsters were guising as Police officers attached to the Traffic and Road Safety department.

The suspects, who were paraded to the media on Friday, July 31, are; Emmanuel Nkurunziza, 37, Jean Claude Mberabagabo, 38, and Jean Bosco Munyangabe, 37.

Mberabagabo was introducing himself to his targets as a ‘Chief Inspector of Police (CIP)’ heading the IT directorate at the Traffic and Road Safety department; Nkurunziza as ‘Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP)’ charged with entering names of successful candidates into the system; while Munyangabe is a driving instructor at Midland Driving School in Remera, Gasabo District.

They were arrested separately on July 29, in a targeted operation following information provided by one Anastase Sewabeza, whom Munyangabe was trying to recruit as their agent to search for more people to defraud.

Sewabeza, who works with RwandAir, narrated that on July 26, he received a call from Munyangabe, who wanted him to get people seeking a driver’s license.

“Munyangabe told me that he knows an Afande in traffic, who is helping people to get a permit without going through the due process.

Knowing that these are criminal networks that have continued to wreck people, I responded positively so as to help our law enforcement organs bust the whole group,” Sewabeza said.

He added that, “I later told Munyangabe that I have a colleague (who wants a driver’s license) and willing to pay immediately. Munyangabe took me to Mberabagabo, whom he identified as Afande.”

“We found Mberabagabo at the Traffic and Road Safety offices in Muhima. Mberabagabo came out of a room, which he said it’s his office and told me that he is a Chief Inspector of Police. I came to know that the room where Mberabagabo was is an office where people come to seek traffic related services.”

Sewabeza went on to narrate that Mberabagabo continued to make false calls as if he is giving orders to his juniors and later took him to a waiting Omnibus outside, drove to Nyamirambo where they found the self-proclaimed ‘AIP Nkurunziza,’ who would enter the particulars of their target into the traffic system.

Mberabagabo knew Sewabeze by nickname. Sewabeze sent his particulars to the fraudsters, which made it easy to go unnoticed.

Sewabeza has five driving categories.

“They told me that I bring Rwf350,000 to get the permit for my colleague. We met again on July 29, I told them that I had the money. This time I had already informed Police officers and they arrested them red-handed receiving the money.”

Sewabeza has fake messages from traffic and Irembo, sent to him by the suspects indicating every stage of the alleged permit.

The ring also includes an IT expert still at large, who forges and sends Police and Irembo messages to their targets to make them believe that they are making headways in processing their permit.

It is such criminal stages that keeps the victims’ hopes high making them easier to convince to pay more money.

RNP spokesperson, CP John Bosco Kabera warned that all efforts have been made to bring to book anyone still engaged in these criminal activities.

“We have arrested and paraded such people over the past, the criminal methods they use are almost similar,” CP Kabera said.

“It’s so unfortunate that people still believe and take these unlawful shortcuts and end up being conned. A driver’s license is Rwf50, 000 not Rwf350,000; the process of acquiring a license was made easier, and it’s not done with people on streets or in cars.”

CP Kabera said that such criminal behaviours of people who call themselves Police officers and in some cases use real names, ranks and appointments of Police officers, tarnish the image of Rwanda National Police.

“Such people tarnish the image of the Police because some victims think that they have been defrauded by a Police officer.

When someone tells you that he or she is a Police officer and asks for money for any service, we urge you to report through all known RNP communication channels to facilitate the fight against such criminal practices,” CP Kabera said.

Clause One of article 174 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, defines fraud as deception, obtaining another person’s property, whole or part of his/her finance by use of false names or qualifications, or offering positive promises or threats of future misfortunes.

Clause two of the same article provides a term of imprisonment of between two and three years, and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million but not more than Rwf5 million, upon conviction.

In article 276, anyone convicted for impersonation faces an imprisonment term of not less than five years but not more than seven years and a fine of not less than Rwf3 million and not more than Rwf5 million or only one of these penalties

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UK Sanctions Two Wealth Africans Linked To State Corruption

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The Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and a Zimbabwean business tycoon have been slammed with sanctions for enriching themselves at the expence of Citizens.

Early this week, the UK goverment said it had imposed sanctions on five foreign people who had been implicated in graft in their host countries.

The UK government said Teodoro Obiang Mangue, Equatorial Guinea’s vice president and the son of the nation’s incumbent leader, who was alleged to have the misappropriated state funds, entered into corrupt contracts and solicited bribes to fund a lavish lifestyle that was inconsistent with his official salary.

Extra details indicate that Teodoro Obiang is accused of buying a U$100 million mansion in Paris, France, a U$38 million private jet and a crystal-covered glove previously worn by pop singer Michael Jackson.

Meanwhile Zimbabwean Business tycoon, Kudakwashe Tagwirei, is accused of illicitly profiting when his company, Sakunda Holdings, redeemed Zimbabwean Treasury Bills for up to 10 times their official value.

The UK Government argues that Kudakwashe’s actions accelerated the deflation of Zimbabwe’s currency, increasing the price of food and other essentials, Raab’s office said. Kudakwashe has been linked to Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

As part of punishment, the UK government has ordered asset freezes and travel bans “targeting individuals who have lined their own pockets at the expense of their citizens,” U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement on Thursday.

“The U.K. is committed to fighting the blight of corruption and holding those responsible for its corrosive effect to account,” the statement reads in part.

Targets Outside Africa

Colombian businessman Alex Nain Saab Moran, an ally of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro, and his partner Alvaro Pulido Vargas, who allegedly benefitted from programs set up to provide affordable food and housing to poor Venezuelans.

The two profited from “improperly awarded contracts,” where goods were supplied at highly inflated prices, Raab’s office said.

The Venezuelan government vowed to keep denouncing the sanctions, saying in a statement late Thursday that they were immoral.

Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan the former governor of Iraq’s Nineveh province, who was accused of misappropriating public funds intended for reconstruction and support for civilians, and improperly awarding contracts and other state property.

He’s currently serving a five-year prison sentence in Iraq for wasting money on fictitious public works programs and other offenses.

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Congolese Journalist Stabbed, Severely Beaten

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The media fraternity in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are currently in panic after their colleague, a Radio Moto Butembo-beni journalist Evariste Mwenge Kalite was targeted by bandits carrying knives on Friday evening.

According to reliable sources on Friday at around 8:30 p.m. local time. The event happened at the ITAV stadium when this journalist was returning to its home in the same area.

According to Philippe Makomera, Director of this radio station, Mwenge was severely beaten and cut with a machete before these executioners took his cell phone from him.

The severely injured journalist was quickly transported to a health facility in Vutsundo but was bleeding profusely and was transferred to Matanda General Hospital for proper treatment.

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Rwanda Police Arrests Five In Operations Against Motorcycle Theft

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Rwanda National Police (RNP) has arrested five people belonging to the same racket suspected to be behind series of violent motorcycle theft in City of Kigali.

They were showed to the media on Wednesday, July 21, at the Police metropolitan headquarters in Remera, Gasabo District.

The ring include the trio of Claude Dusabimana alias Eric, 25, Alphonse Biziyaremye also known as Micheal, 37, and Jean Claude Rusigariye guising as Tuyizere; whose role was to identify and to steal motorcycles.

Others include Jean Claude Bitondeyiki, a broker, who was charged with searching for buyers, and Oscar Hagenimana, one of those who were buying stolen motorcycles.

One of the thieves, Alphonse Biziyaremye, a resident of Kanyinya Sector, Nyarugenge District, narrated that they would lure a taxi-moto operator to an ambush, assault him before disappearing with the motorcycle.

The theft operation, he added, would be executed either late in the evening or in the wee morning hours.

“We had different roles; Tuyizere Rusigariye was responsible for identifying luring the taxi-moto operator from Amashyirahamwe house in Nyabugogo to an ambush near Metafoam factory in Kigali Sector Nyarugenge District. Me and Dusabimana, would mount the ambush,” Biziyaremye explained.

He added that as soon as the motorcylist stopped at the agreed spot, Tuyizere would hit him on the head with an object.

Biziyaremye and Dusabimana would also jump out of the bush to help him in the assault before disappearing with the motorcycle leaving the victim unconcious.

This was also corroborated by Dusabimana, who added that after hitting the motorcyclist with an object and falling down, he would be shielded by Biziyaremye and Dusabimana to grab the moto and ride away.

According to Hagenimana, a motorcycle mechanic, he bought three motos from the trio. He added that they were connected to him by Bitondeyiki.

“I bought the first one from them for Frw270, 000, the second one at Frw280, 000 and paid them Frw290, 000 for the third moto. I was disassembling all the motorcycles, sell spare parts or use them to fix other motorcycles,” said Hagenimana.

The suspects were handed over to RIB for further investigations and legal process.

One of the victims identified as Jean Pierre Sayinzoga, a resident of Mageragere Sector in Nyarugenge District, narrated the ordeal.

“On May 29, I picked a passenger (Tuyizere) at Amashyirahamwe house in Nyabugogo, who told me that he was going to a place near Metafoam factory. As we approached the factory about 100 metres away, he told me to stop and at that moment he grabbed me and tried to strangle me,” Sayinzoga narrated.

“Two other people appeared from the bush and also started assaulting me targeting mainly the upper part of the body until I was unconcious and they left, probably thinking that I was dead.”

RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera said that this was a two-month operation to identify and arrest people behind the series of violent motorcycle theft in Kigali.

“There has been several cases of motorcycle theft in Kigali as reported by victims. In response to these series of theft, Police arrested these five suspects, who were playing different roles, and recovered three out of the five motorcycles that were stolen through the same scenario,” CP Kabera said

He warned people, who think that Rwanda National Police is much taken by the current Covid-19 period and enforcement of the directives, and perceive this as an opportunity to commit crimes.

“Police enforces all laws and directives; if you think that there is a window for you to implement your evil plans, think twice and think wisely,” CP Kabera warned.

Real time information sharing on the theft or crime, he added, facilitates early response and timely successful operations.

Theft under article 166 of the law determining offences and penalties in general, attracts an imprisonment of between one and two years and a fine of not less than Frw1 million but not more than Frw2 million, a community service of six months or one of these penalties.

However, in article 167, the penalty doubles if the crime was committed at night or by more than one person.

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