Rwanda National Police has launched a week-long fully fledged campaign against corruption.
The campaign launched on Monday at the RNP headquarters, was presided over by the Ombudsman Hon. Anastase Murekezi.
According to the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International, Rwanda is the 48th least corrupt nation out of 175 countries.
More than a decade ago, corruption Rank in Rwanda averaged 70.54 from 2005 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 121 in 2006 and a record low of 44 in 2015.
Rwanda has tough stance of zero tolerance to corruption and the country is continuously holding leaders accountable in an effort to push for higher standards of governance.
However, Transparency International Rwanda last year raised concerns about the low reporting of corruption.
“Citizens are still reluctant in reporting incidents of corruption, we need to mobilise them more,” said then Marie-Immaculée Ingabire, the chairperson of Transparency International Rwanda.
According to Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), since January to the end of May this year, 176 cases of corruption and related crimes have been investigated. These cases involved Rwf5.746.500 and US$8000.
Murekezi said, “Corruption costs Africa US$ 50 billion per year, while it has cost Africa more trillions than the funds it received from donor countries in the last 50 years”.
The Ombudsman also said that a new law providing for tougher punishment against the corrupt and related offenders has been approved by the cabinet and awaits the President to ascent to it.