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MP Resigns Days After He Was Caught Driving While Drunk

A Member of Parliament has shocked many people after he resigned from parliament today November 15, 2022.

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On Monday, parliament approved his resignation for "personal reasons", a day after President Paul Kagame criticized an unnamed lawmaker for drunk driving.

In a statement on Twitter, Mr Gamariel Mbonimana apologized to Rwandans and the president, adding that "he has decided not to drink alcohol anymore".

Mr Mbonigaba, did not elaborate on his apology but confirmed to the BBC that the tweet was was written by him.

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Driving while intoxicated is punishable by a fine of 150,000 Rwandan francs, but a five-day jail term under police custody is extended to those arrested for the offence.

In his remarks at the weekend, Mr Kagame criticized the police for not arresting the MP because of his "immunity".

Mr Mbonimana was a Member of Parliament since 2018, he is a member of the Liberal Party, an ally of Kagame's ruling party.

The vice president of his party, Théogène Munyangeyo, told the state broadcaster that "they have never seen the MP drink alcohol before".

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