Rwanda police arrests 4 for bribery, embezzlement

Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali.

Two men were arrested separately on Friday for attempting to bribe police officers to offer them illegal services.

Police said Jeremie Barore was arrested outside Kimisagara Police station after he tried to corrupt an officer with Rwf180, 000 in order to release a colleague, who is also detained on charges of theft.

Another suspect, Jean Pierre Shako was arrested in Rusizi district where he tried to offers a bribe of $5 to prevent penalties after he was caught violating traffic rules.

“Barore approached the officer and promised to offer him cash in return of releasing his friend identified as Gerald Kayigire, who is detained at Kimisagara Police station for stealing a television set and mobile handsets, which he was caught with, red-handed,” Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, Police spokesperson for the City of Kigali, said.

“The officer reported the attempt to his superiors, and Barore was arrested in the act,” he added.

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He warned that there will be no mercy to anyone caught in such criminal acts and trying to corrupt officers, maintaining that “corruption is zero tolerance. ”

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.

Heads of cooperative arrested for embezzlement

Four former heads of KOPHAR, a cooperative of community health workers in Gasabo District have been arrested for allegedly embezzling over Rwf10.4 million from the cooperative coffers.

Pierre Gatsitsi, Véronique Mukakigeri, Emmanuel Murenzi and Eric Hategekimana currently detained at Remera Police station were taken into custody on November 1.

The arrest followed an audit conducted by Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) that unearthed the millions of money that were not accounted for during the quartet’s tenure in 2015.

Murenzi was at the time the chairman of KOPHAR, deputized by Mukakigeri with Hategekimana its finance manager while Gatsitsi was in charge of infrastructure monitoring.

“The new committee lodged a complaint of money that they suspect was embezzled during the reign of their predecessors.  This prompted RCA to conduct an audit that actually found out that Rwf10, 445, 639 was not accounted for at the time, and the Police investigations also linked the quartet to this alleged crime,” Supt. Emmanuel Hitayezu, said.

“If you are tasked with certain responsibilities, members expect you do exactly what you are required. They expect you to guide and lead them to success. When you decide to steal from them, you will be held accountable,” he added.

Article 325 of the penal code specifies an imprisonment of between seven and ten years, and a fine of between two to five times the value of the embezzled money.