The Inspector General of Police Emmanuel Gasana has warned operators of driving schools in the country against taking bribes from their students promising to get them driving licenses through dubious means.
Gasana sternly told the operators who were called in a meeting at the Police Headquarters in Kacyiru that they risk having their schools shut down if they don’t stop the vice.
“Strong measures will therefore be taken against any person or institution caught in the act, including closing it, where necessary,” he said.
The outburst comes following several reports of corruption in driving schools in the country. There have been incidents in which owners and staff of driving schools have been arrested trying to bribe police officers to help their students acquire driving licences.
In June this year, a member of Nyamasheke Driving School in Nyamasheke District, was arrested for allegedly trying to bribe a police officer, who was supervising practical driving licence tests in the area with Rwf1.1 million.
Reports indicate that some candidates bribe driving schools’ proprietors to be hastily registered to sit for the driving test.
While the substantial driving tests are conducted once in two months, those in driving schools are conducted every month.
The Police chief said that the tendency is caused by the operators’ failure to offer quality services, which leads to high failure of candidates seeking driving licences.
“We expect you to offer quality and professional services. As the government and police in particular is doing all it can to fight corruption in all institutions, we also expect you to do the same in your respective institutions and associations. We will not tolerate anyone or institutions that will be caught in the act.”
He urged them to be part of the country’s development while fighting corruption and to report any person who tries to bribe them.
Gasana pledged the police will to facilitate managers and legal officers of driving schools to undergo ethics and management course in an effort to improve their professional standards, values and norms.
Emmanuel Twagirayezu, the Chairman of Rwanda Driving Schools Association, pledged commitment to partner with police to fight graft among them and in the country in general.
He commended the initiative to train their staff, which he said will foster professionalism in driving schools. Currently, there are 62 registered driving schools in the country.