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Wednesday, 12 June, 2019

Nyaruguru: Driver arrested with forged mechanical inspection certificate

A driver was arrested and his vehicle impounded on Tuesday in Nyaruguru District after he was found with a forged mechanical inspection certificate.

Chief Inspector of Police (CIP) Bonaventure Karekezi, the Southern region Police spokesperson confirmed the arrest of Jean Chrisostome Muvunyi

“As Police officers were checking and verifying the authenticity and validity of mechanical inspection certificate, they realized that the certificate for the vehicle registration number RAC 385A, Fuso type was not registered in the data system… it was forged,” CIP Karekezi said.

The motor-vehicle inspection system stores data for all automobiles inspected.

“The driver was immediately arrested, although he claims that he wasn’t aware that the certificate was a counterfeit and that he’s just a driver with all the traffic related documents for the vehicle given to him by the truck owner, whom we are also still searching,” he added:

The arrest of Muvunyi come on the heels of increased crackdown on people forging or using forged traffic related documents, by the Rwanda National Police (RNP) department of Traffic and Road Safety.

Early this month, Police in Musanze District also arrested another driver for allegedly forging motor-vehicle inspection certificates, which he was allegedly selling to other drivers and vehicle owners.

Three people, who were masquerading as Police officers and defrauding people of their money promising to give them driver's license, were also arrested in Kigali early this month.

CIP Karekezi said that “operations on highways and bus terminals are continuous to arrest anyone holding or using forged traffic related documents.”

He called for continued information sharing on people engaged in such criminal acts.

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