Anti-Corruption Week: Govt committed to uproot graft-Premier Ngirente

On 10 December 2017 at 08:18

Prime Minister, Dr. Eduard Ngirente has said that the government of Rwanda will continue to empower institutions in-charge of fighting corruption so that it is totally rooted out in the country.

Ngirente was speaking Friday while officiating the celebration of the International Anti-Corruption Day in Kigali.

He said the celebration of the day helps people from around the World reassess their efforts in fighting against corruption which he said continues to undermine the economy of many countries.

The 2017 East African Bribery Index, he said ranked Rwanda 5th in Sub-Saharan countries that invest much in fighting against corruption.

Ngirente said that more efforts are still needed to uproot all forms of graft.

“Though we celebrate progress in fighting against corruption, we are yet to reach our target. There are some institutions where corruption still appears. There are a number of people who are reluctant to reveal corruption cases,” he said.

He said that Advisory Councils from National, Districts, Sectors and cells level should involve fight against corruption in their programmes as provided by laws so they become the foundation of ending corruption.

“Ombudsman’s office will be empowered more so that they will be capable to monitor and collaborate activities aimed at fighting graft in all government institutions,” he said.
He said the government targets to empower particular bodies in criminal investigations and prosecution for fighting corruption.

The Ombudsman, Anastase Murekezi emphasized that there is a political will to end graft though it is still appearing in different institutions.
He said that some entrepreneurs engage corruption to win public tenders.

He cautioned against informal means of getting wealth saying that they should fight them everywhere.

Prime Minister, Dr. Eduard Ngirente
Ombudsman, Anastase Murekezi