The Northern Regional Police Commander (RPC), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Bértin Mutezintare has urged medical personnel to collaborate with Rwanda National Police (RNP) in fighting all forms of corruption, which he said affect service delivery.
He noted that some people are denied of their right to certain or timely services, made to wait while other people are given similar service are served basing on friendship or certain bond, which is also a form of corruption that manifests even in medical service providers.
ACP Mutezintare delivered the message to 293 medical practitioners, on January 17, currently attending a civic education programme - Itorero - in Musanze District.
The participants from different parts of the country include medical personnel from referral hospitals, health centers and accredited traditional doctors.
“A bribe can be direct or indirect, it can be paying in different ways, for a free service or paying more than standard fee. These are some forms of corruption that you should fight in your profession, ” ACP Mutezintare said.
In March last year, Rwanda National Police (RNP), National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA) and the Rwanda Medical and Dental Council (RMDC) signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize their jointness in various fields of investigations to ensure fair justice.
The partnership also underscores the core values of high standards of professionalism, integrity, impartiality and accountability, will see the three entities jointly working together on a daily basis as “organs that share the responsibility to guard and protect the population’s safety.”
The agreement also highlights timely exchange of information and sharing expertise and experience in the development of investigative methodologies related to medical malpractice.
ACP Mutezintare noted that corruption in medical service providers can be disastrous and can lead to loss of life.
Fighting corruption at all levels, he noted, it requires partnership with everyone through information sharing on any form of corruption and bribery in particular.
The RPC also said that corruption is a terrible crime which leads to weak competitive economy, inefficient public service delivery most including in the health sector, leads to misallocation and wastage of resources.
Article 633 of the penal code defines a bribe as giving or agreeing to give a gift in cash or any other illegal benefit, for the provision of a service or an act in unlawful way, or to reward the provider of the service or act rendered by a recipient or an intermediary.
Under article 641, bribery is punishable with a term of imprisonment of more than five to seven years and a fine of twice or ten times the value of the illegal benefit provided.