Kagame urges new ombudsperson to up efforts towards eradicating corruption and injustice

On 2 December 2020 at 03:59

President Paul Kagame has today at Urugwiro Village officiated the swearing-in of the new ombudsperson, Madeleine Nirere and reminded her of her contribution will have towards eradicating corruption and injustice once and for all.

Nirere was recently appointed by the Cabinet Meeting of 11th November 2020 becoming the fourth ombudsperson since the institution was created in 2003.

She recently completed her two four-year terms eight year term as the President of National Human Right Commission.

Speaking at the ceremony, Kagame thanked the new ombudsperson ‘who has agreed to lead, together with all Rwandans, the fight against corruption and injustice in our country’, wished her well in new responsibilities and highlighted areas of focus the new ombudsman needs to give special attention.

“We have to intensify our fight towards eradicating corruption and injustice once and for all. In particular, we want to put more efforts in educating Rwandans about their rights, help them understand the laws meant to protect them, and the institutions that they can run to,” he said.

Kagame said that Rwanda has a good performance towards fighting injustice and called on more efforts to consolidate gains.

“In comparison with other parts of the world, our performance is not bad. This should not make us complacent to think that everything is in order. We need to build on what we have achieved to prevent injustice from happening,” he emphasized.

After completing two four-year terms as the helm of the National Human Rights Commission, the cabinet meeting of 16th June 2020 appointed Marie Claire Mukasine to replace Madeleine Nirere.

Previous ombudsperson include Anastase Murekezi who held office between 2017 and 2020, Aloysie Cyanzayire (2014 – 2017) and Tito Rutaremara (2004 – 2012).

President Paul Kagame and the new ombudsman, Madeleine Nirere posing for a photo after the swearing-in ceremony.
President Paul Kagame and the newly sworn-in ombudsman in a group photo with other top officials.