RNP cracks down on driver’s license fraud

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Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda,

In September 2011, Antoine Nkurunziza, who hails from Bugesera District was approached by a man as he was preparing to sit for provisional driver’s license test, who made him believe that he was connected inside the Rwanda National Police (RNP) department of Traffic and Road Safety and was ready to help him get a license.

Believing in a man he identified as Justin Utazirubanda, who was also his neighbor in Ruhuha Sector, Nkurunziza danced to his tunes and paid Rwf100, 000 for the provisional permit, which he was given few days later.

“He assured me that he could also help me in the same way and get driver’s license – category B – which I also got few days later at a fee of Rwf200, 000.”

 Early this year, when traffic-related services were channeled through Irembo, Nkurunziza tried to check the authenticity of his permit on this online platform only to find that it was not registered in the system and it was forged.

Nkurunziza’s brother only identified as Imanirabona, also experienced the same ordeal at the hands of Utazirubanda, who conned him of Rwf320, 000 and ended up giving him a fake license in 2014 after almost two years the latter trying to hide from the former.

According to Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Emmanuel Kabanda, Nkurunziza and Imanirabona are among many drivers’ license seekers that Utazirubanda and other rackets have duped over the years.

“We are aware of this problem and we have, for some time now, been carrying out investigations through which we managed to break five separate groups involving 16 suspects in the last two months, who were actually arrested red-handed,” CIP Kabanda said.

 Those arrested, majority in the City of Kigali, include the main suspect Utazirubanda, who was apprehended last week, according to Kabanda.

“Utazirubanda was on our list of those wanted over forgery and issuance of forged driver’s license. The list includes others that we are yet to arrest but investigations are still underway,” he noted.

At the time of his arrest, Utazirubanda was also found with a list of 13 people, whom he reportedly conned and gave fake permits, majority who are believed to be motorcyclists.

Just on Tuesday morning, six people turned up at the Traffic and Road Safety department to surrender their drivers’ license reportedly given to them by Utazirubanda, which they later found to be forged.

 “So far, we have a list of about 30 people we suspect to be holding forged license but we believe the list is long and investigations will get to the bottom of it.”

“If you are out there holding a driver’s license, well knowing that you didn’t sit for the tests, just know that it’s not real…it is forged and you should voluntarily surrender it to the nearest police station,” he said.

“Our focus right now is not to arrest those holding fake ones, but this is short-lived. If those holding them don’t surrender them they will be blacklisted and will be arrested and charged as well. We appeal to them to support the ongoing investigations to break the supply chains.”

He reminded that the traffic department “has no brokers” and that “registering and doing driver’s license tests are done individually.”

“There is no third partly; whoever approaches you telling you that they can help you, just know that you are being duped and immediately inform the nearest police or call 0788311502, 0788311215, 0788311110, 0788311114.”

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