[PHOTOS]: Gov’t institutions discuss measures against graft

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Minister of State in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Justice, Evode Uwizeyimana officiating a one-day conference of fighting corruption.

Several government institutions met at Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarter in Kacyiru, yesterday, in a consultative meeting aimed at tightening measures against all sorts of corruption in public and private entities.

The event brought together the ministries of Justice and Local Government, RNP, Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Office of the Ombudsman and Transparency International-Rwanda.

Others include National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA), Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA), Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), Office of Auditor General, Rwanda Bar Association and district executive secretaries.

While officially opening the conference, the Minister of State in charge of Constitutional and Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Justice, Evode Uwizeyimana, said that Rwanda is “a nation whose efforts in fighting corruption keep improving.”

“Corruption affects the entire lifestyle of a nation, that’s why we need to strengthen synergies like these to collectively fight it. Indeed, it has been proven that a corrupt nation cannot develop but instead marred by violence,” the State Minister said.

“As a people determined to develop further and sustain our achievement, we have to always stand against corruption,” he added.

The meeting that drew over 200 officials was in line with the Ombudsman’s week-long dedicated to fight corruption, and brought together different institutions charged with fighting corruption and other related offenses.

“What we do today will be the legacy we will leave for the future generation and I believe we all want to leave a good legacy for our children and our country,” Uwizeyimana said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Jean Nepo Mbonyumuvunyi, commissioner for Inspectorate of Police Services and Ethics, whose dockets is also charged with fighting corruption, said that graft evolves by the day which requires need to always review mechanisms against the rising trends.

Available statistics from RNP indicate that since January, about 180 people were arrested attempting to bribe police officers.

At least 80 police officers have also been implicated in graft related offences, a 27 percent decrease compared to last year.

The Head of Decentralisation and Good Governance Promotion at RGB, Justus Kangwagye said; “We are committing our relentless efforts in fighting corruption and using all possible means. This synergy is a sign of enhanced cooperation in ensuring that we achieve our goal of a corrupt-free society.”

While closing the conference, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Odette Uwamariya recommitted efforts in fighting corruption especially at the local level where she called for enhanced monitoring of how tenders are awarded.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Odette Uwamariya speaking at end of a one-day consultative meeting on fighting corruption.

“This meeting has proven that we still have a big challenge in the fight against corruption, that’s why we should work even harder because we can’t shy away from the fact that there are still a few corrupt characters,” she said.

During the day-long meeting, panelists discussed the effects of corruption on security and justice, and corruption as a hindrance to good governance and service delivery.

 

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