Police officer picks $40,000, returns to owner

KIGALI-Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA), yesterday, honoured a police officer for his outstanding honesty after he handed to authorities a bag containing US$40, 000 (approx Rwf24m), which had been misplaced by a passenger at the Kigali International Airport. Frank Bizimungu, a police constable at the airport, recieved  a certificate of appreciation and a cheque worth Rwf300, 000 by Silas Udahemuka, the Director of Airport Operations.
 Altruistic police officer, Frank Bizimungu (L) tells the story of how he picked USD 40,000 and helped return it to the owner.The New Times /John Mbanda.
Altruistic police officer, Frank Bizimungu (L) tells the story of how he picked USD 40,000 and helped return it to the owner.The New Times /John Mbanda.

KIGALI-Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA), yesterday, honoured a police officer for his outstanding honesty after he handed to authorities a bag containing US$40, 000 (approx Rwf24m), which had been misplaced by a passenger at the Kigali International Airport.

Frank Bizimungu, a police constable at the airport, recieved  a certificate of appreciation and a cheque worth Rwf300, 000 by Silas Udahemuka, the Director of Airport Operations.

Bizimungu, who works at the airport’s scanner, spotted a small bag which had been left behind by a British national.

“I checked in the bag and I saw money inside. I tried to trace the owner (of the bag) among the passengers who were still in the waiting room but in vain. I decided to report it to my superiors,” Bizimungu told journalists at the airport.

Sandra Kayumba, RwandAir Duty Manager, explained that when Bizimungu reported the misplaced bag, they traced the owner, who was already aboard a Brussels bound Airline.

She noted that Bizimungu’s action was “outstanding” and left Rwandair, the police force and the country with a good image.

The Police officer said he was very happy with the recognition and cash reward.

“This is beyond my imagination because I never expected to be honoured for what I did. I was executing my duties I set out to do and I never thought I would be rewarded for it,” Bizimungu, who is in his early 20s, said.

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