Friday, 13 September 2013

Police parades corrupt officers


Alleged Police officers being paraded

The Rwanda National Police on Wednesday paraded a total of 34 police officers accused of various graft-related crimes. This development comes at the height of the force’s campaign against corruption.

According to the Commissioner for Public Relations and Community Policing ACP Damas Gatare, those arrested include six junior officers while others are Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Police Constables (PC).

The officers are said to have been arrested between May and September this year and are alleged to have received bribes ranging from Rwf1000 to Rwf1 million.

He said some of the officers took bribes to give out driving licences, alter traffic fine receipts given to traffic offenders and to include their colleagues on the list of those going for peacekeeping missions.

Others received bribes from drug dealers to facilitate them in their illegal businesses, he added.

31 of the arrested officers have so far been sentenced to different terms by the Police Disciplinary Committee.

Gatare also explained that 27 of the officers will be discharged from the force while four others will serve their sentence and be reintegrated back in the force.

“It is zero-tolerance for corruption in Rwanda National Police and this should be a warning to other officers that could be involved in such tendencies,” Gatare said.

“We thank the public for their continued partnership to fight crimes, including corruption. We were able to apprehend these officers because of the credible information given to us by the public,” he added.

Police parades corrupt officers


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