Police warns against using forged driver’s license

Rwanda National Police (RNP) has cautioned the public against forging a driver’s license or using a forged one.

The warning follows the arrest of different people, who were found with forged driver’s license.

On Monday, January 30, Police at Kigali Automobile Inspection Centre (AIC) in Remera, arrested one Samuel Minani, 39, after he was found in possession of a foreign forged driver’s license.

The RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) John Bosco Kabera, said that the Congolese forged driving permit also had names different from his Rwandan national identity card.

“Minani is a Rwandan who was arrested at the AIC Remera with a forged driver’s license with categories A, B, C, and D. He was identified and arrested after Police officers found particulars on his national ID and driving permit were not corresponding as the permit indicated that he is a Congolese contrary to his ID,” CP Kabera said.

Meanwhile, Minani said that he paid US$200 to someone, who brought the fake driver’s license from DR Congo, in 2021.

CP Kabera warned against the criminal act, and advised the public to go through legal channels to acquire a driver’s license.

“Forging or holding a forged driver’s license is punishable by law. Go through the right and eased process to acquire a genuine permit instead of imprisonment,” CP Kabera said.

Article 276 of the law determining offences and penalties in general states that any person, who in any manner, forges or alters documents by forged signature or fingerprint, falsifying documents or signatures or impersonation, forging agreements, its provisions, obligations, or discharged obligations, commits an offence.

 Any person who, with fraudulent intention, produces a false written document, causes to write false statements or produces a conflicting declaration, is considered to commit the offence of forgery.

Upon conviction, he/she is liable to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years but not more than seven years and a fine of not less than Frw3 million and not more than Frw5 million or only one of these penalties. (End)