Open Palm: The anti-corruption monument at Kigali Convention Centre

By IGIHE
On 5 December 2019 at 04:05

Social media users continue to marvel and share pictures of “The Hand” steel monument that has been placed in the middle of the Convention Centre garden. Many wonder what it exactly stands for.

On Monday 9th December, Rwanda will host for the fourth time, the International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award (ECE), 2019 in partnership with the Government of Qatar.
The steel hand symbolizes the pressing necessity of tackling corruption and saying ‘NO’ to the crime.

Johnston Busingye, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General told the media that the monument will be inaugurated on Monday, 9th December as the world will be marking International Anti-Corruption day.

“This monument was seen circulating on social media and people wondered what it meant. It is a daily reminder of embracing transparency and corruption-free practices. It is an open palm showing that there is nothing to hide as long as transparency is observed in society.”

Every year, during the International Anti-Corruption Excellence Awards, The Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC) that was established in Doha, Qatar places the hand monument in the city that will host the ceremony. The monument was designed by Ahmed Al Bahrani, an Iraqi sculptor.

Such monuments have already been placed in different countries around the world including Malaysia, Switzerland, and at the United Nations headquarter in, Vienna, Austria where the Anti-Corruption Excellence Awards were held in the past three years.

The ceremony will bring together more than 600 guests including award nominees and winners and the organizing committee of the award.

President Paul Kagame and Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar will be among the chief guests.

Minister Busingye says that Rwanda was chosen to host the ceremony because of the reputation President Paul Kagame has built in fighting corruption.

The Global Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International last year placed Rwanda at the fourth place of countries leading the fight against corruption in Africa after Seychelles, Botswana and Cabo Verde.

Rwanda will host for the fourth time, the International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award (ECE),
Minister Busingye says that Rwanda was chosen to host the ceremony because of the reputation President Paul Kagame has built in fighting corruption.

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