The Chairperson of Transparency International Rwanda (TIR), Marie Immaculée Ingabire has said that there are some incidences of corruption in water and electricity services in Rwanda.
In a survey on corruption in East African countries carried out by Transparency International, providers of water and electricity services ranked high among the most corrupt institutions in Rwanda.
Carried out under ‘East African Bribery Index 2017,” 18% of the respondents confirmed that users are asked for bribes when they go for water and electricity services.
Speaking to the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency, Ingabire said that institutions in charge of water and electricity are corrupted as it is hard to get fast services services from them without a kick-back.
“Based on cases we received, you cannot get power or water meters without paying some amount of money” she said.
“If today one person is told that REG have no power meters in stock and tomorrow they install it at the neighbor’s house, word starts going around about the corrupt practices behind,” she explained.
She said that people in charge of these services are aware of the problem she herself discussed it with different authorities. She however said that no measures have been put in place so far.