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Disguised in unofficial car, DRC president gets traffic cop arrested for demanding bribe from him [Photos]

July 23, 2019 at 04:00 pm | News

Etsey Atisu

Etsey Atisu | Staff Writer

July 23, 2019 at 04:00 pm | News

President Felix Tshisekedi strongly advising the police office | Facebook

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Félix Tshisekedi, has been receiving praises from across the country for what people are describing as a novel act to allegedly block out corruption.  

In a surprise move by the president, he reportedly called for the arrest of a police officer who had allegedly attempted taking bribe from the driver of a car he was driving in, unbeknownst to the police officer.  

According to an unsubstantiated report by local media, mbote.cd, there was unusual traffic on the route the president was using, which was believed to have been caused by the police officers who were stopping vehicles and extorting monies from them.  

When the vehicle the president was driving in was approaching the checkpoint, the president asked his driver to speed up, waiting to see what would happen. One of the officers then flagged down, ordering the driver to stop for over-speeding.  

After a brief interaction, the police officer asked that the driver give him $10 so that he could let him off. It was at this point that the president stepped out of the vehicle and called for the police officer to be arrested.  

With several people already held up in the same traffic, crowds started gathering at the scene, with many hailing the president for such a brilliant way of identifying corrupt officials of the law.  

The conversation was extended on social media where many have asked that he extends the same strategy towards his appointees and other public sector workers.   

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