Three officials from Burkina Faso, on March 14, visited Rwanda National Police (RNP) where they commended Rwanda’s zero tolerance to corruption policy and strategic commitment of the force to enforce the national policy on graft.
Upon arrival at RNP headquarters, the delegation was received and briefed by the RNP spokesperson, Commissioner of Police (CP) Theos Badege along with the commissioner for Inspectorate of Services and Ethics, ACP Jean Nepo Mbonyumuvunyi and several police officers.
The delegation led by the Coordinator of the National Coordination and Control of Police in the Ministry of Security in Burkina Faso, Barry Mamoudou pointed out that they have captured Rwanda’s best practices in fighting graft and precisely how the vice is fought within the force.
Mamoudou said that President Paul Kagame’s involvement in fighting corruption proves how much there is political will in Rwanda that leads to having organized means of fighting the vice which, in the end, gives results.
“One of our take-homes is Rwanda’s coordination and reporting system; we have realized that when efforts are coordinated and there is a proper reporting system, a lot is achieved and this is how Rwanda has made it,” said Mamoudou, citing coordination, collaboration, professionalism and dedication in fighting the vice.
“There are so many ideas that are worthy sharing with my country, and other African countries can learn from Rwanda’s best example to ensure corrupt-free countries,” Mamoudou said.
In his presentation to the delegation, ACP Mbonyumuvunyi said that the fight against corruption is one of the priorities on Rwanda’s political agenda and RNP in particular.
“RNP as a law enforcement institution works with other public and private agencies, and the general public to enforce the zero-stance policy against graft,” ACP Mbonyumuvunyi said.
He added: “Corruption affects service delivery. Police put in place specific training and capacity building programs for officers to be more professional in investigating corruption cases, promote ethical conduct and uphold high levels of professionalism.”
He further noted that the Anti-corruption and public embezzlement units, the Inspectorate of Services and Ethics department and Police Disciplinary Unit are among other mechanisms that were adopted in fighting corruption within and outside the force.
In the spirit of openness and cooperation, RNP signed MoUs with various institutions that are mandated with monitoring public agencies like the Office of the Ombudsman, Rwanda Governance Board and Transparency International-Rwanda, and all the 30 districts to jointly fight graft and embezzlement in particular.
The delegation, which is in Rwanda for a three day benchmarking tour, is expected to visit several other institutions that are connected to fighting graft.