Ombudsman publishes list of corruption convicts

On 14 March 2020 at 03:14

The office of the Ombudsman has published a list of 53 individuals [44 men and 9 women] convicted of corruption offenses in 2019/2020 judicial year. The convicts are ranked in ascending order in accordance with the amount of money they accepted in bribes or embezzled from as much as Rwf 123 million to Rwf 2000.

The list, which was published on the Ombudsman website shows the convicts identities, type of impropriety committed, attendant penalties, current residence and names of their parents.

On the list are executive secretaries of districts, bank clerks, drivers, farmers, police officers and pastors among others.

Punishment for corruption include imprisonment from 1 to 8 years and money penalties according to the sum received. The list shows the lowest bribery involved Rwf 2000 while the highest involved a bank clerk at Bank of Kigali who accepted a Rwf 123 million bribe. He was found guilty and was sentenced to 7 years in prison and a penalty of Rwf 240 million.

Other major corrupt criminals on the list include a former employee of TIGO branch in Huye who embezzled Rwf 58 million. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison and a Rwf 116 million penalty.

A police officer on the list accepted Rwf 5000 and was sentenced to 5 years in prison and a Rwf 15,000 penalty.

There is also a former district executive secretary convicted for sexual extortion, sentenced to 7 years in prison and a Rwf 2 million penalty.

In a bid to completely eradicate corruption, the government of Rwanda has implemented strict measures including publishing the list of convicted corrupt criminals.

In 2018, the Transparency International Corruption Index ranked Rwanda third with a 56% note among countries that have successfully implemented measures to fight corruption.