Cost of corruption much higher than taking it headon-Kagame

On 10 December 2020 at 06:22

President Paul Kagame has called for concerted efforts towards uprooting corruption noting that the cost of not doing so is higher compared to the political cost it may incur.

“Combatting corruption may have a political cost, but the price of not uprooting it is much higher, in particular for the most vulnerable members of our societies,” he said.

Kagame delivered the message today as he virtually attended the 5th Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Awards.

This year’s awards have been given out in Tunisia while previous ceremony took place in Rwanda last year at Kigali Convention Center.

The International Anti-Corruption Excellence Awards are given to people who have been exemplary in leading the fight against corruption. The International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award is organized by Qatar in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

President Kagame commended the Emir of Qatar and the valuable partnership with the United Nations that makes the awards possible and congratulated awardees for unique and determined efforts to expose and eliminate corruption.

“The fight against corruption is a global objective that requires all of us to work together, to improve our societies. Transparency and accountability allow us to use our national resources effectively for the wellbeing of our citizens,” he said.

The award giving ceremony coincided with the International Anti-Corruption Day.