Two youngsters were arrested in driver’s licence tests malpractices
Hagumaubana, who hails from Rulindo District but currently lives in Kigali, said that he was hired by a candidate he identified as Pascal Nkurunziza to do the tests for him, at an agreed fee of Rwf30, 000. It is the second time Hagumakubana had been arrested over the same offence. On the other hand, Kwizera also admitted that he had been paid Rwf25, 000 by one Emmanuel Nzamurambaho, to seat the tests for him.
Rwanda National Police (RNP) spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa, said that the actions of the duo contravene articles 612 and 613 of the penal codes.
Article 612 stipulates that any person, who fraudulently acquires a travel document, diploma, certificate, and transcript, driving licence, or any other document which is issued by competent authorities, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of five to seven years and a fine of Rwf300, 000 to Rwf3 million. Under article 613, a civil servant, who issues or causes others to issue a document to a person who is not entitled to it, faces an imprisonment of between five and ten years and a fine of Rwf500, 000 to Rwf2 million.
ACP Twahirwa warned against such malpractices, which he said that they can contribute to road accidents since such people lack knowledge on road safety.
He urged the public with intentions to undergo through such fraudulent means to acquire a driver’s licence, adding that measure have been put in place to identify and apprehend such individuals. “It is both a crime to those who go through such fraudulent channels to obtain a licence, and those who offer such services unlawfully,” he warned.
“There is also an issue of losing money either after failing to acquire a licence or being given a forged one,” he added. ACP Twahirwa also warned against tendencies of some people, who attempt to bribe police officers to fraudulently acquire a licence, adding that both parties face legal actions, once they are caught. “Police is on high alert on the issue of corruption,” he said. About 350 people were arrested since 2014 either trying to bribe police officers or holding fake traffic-related documents.