In its Tuesday, 3rd December report, based on testimonies from citizens, REG tops institutions that drastically reduced corruption from 12.93% last year to 5.3%.
The number of people subjected to corruption at REG reduced from 7.53% to 3.51%, performance that has been commended by the Transparency International Rwanda Director, Ingabire Marie Immaculee.
She said the results were outstanding: “I want to congratulate REG for making efforts in fighting corruption. I realized they were committed to this fight when I saw the whole team attend Itorero in Nkumba along with their manager. Right then, I knew their services would be impeccable.”
Ron Weiss, the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Energy Group (REG) said that one of the reasons REG topped the list of the most performing teams in fighting corruption is due to policies established within the company.
“We made it our goal not to tolerate any form of corruption in the company. This is the beginning. We will continue to sensitize our staff to avoid corruption and set strict disciplinary measures to punish whoever will be involved in corruption cases. We have met with such cases before and some of the people involved were prosecuted and incarcerated.”
Weiss said that there are cases before where REG agents would ask clients for transport money before fixing the reported problems.
“Some of the forms of corruption we experienced in the company are of our agents asking for transport money to our clients in exchange of going to their premises to fix their problems. Some of them would ask for Rwf 5000 before being sent to the clients but we had to stop that behavior that was staining our image and we continue to deal with such problems whenever they occur.”
Weiss says some of the benefits of fighting corruption is that it improved the quality of service provided.
“I believe eliminating this vice leads to better service provision but we still have a long way to go since we want corruption cases to get to 0%.”
In October 2019, REG administration and staff went to Nkumba in Burera District where they spent a week in ‘Itorero’, taken through civic education and moral values to champion in the society.
The annual survey known as ‘Rwanda Bribery Index’ sampled 2459 individuals around the country where 18.5% of the respondents said they were subjected to corruption tendencies in the last 12 months while 81.5% said they had not experienced the same. The percentage of people who experienced corruption last year was at 20.4%.