"Fighting corruption effectively requires cooperation and strong anti corruption measures" says Ombudsman Cyanzayire Aloysie when presented on challenges in the country’s war against corruption and how to address them. The presentation was made on 18th February 2017 during the consultative meeting organized by members of the African Parliamentarians Network against Corruption (APNAC) which aimed at discussing measures of combating corruption and how existing challenges in the fight against corruption can be addressed.
Ombudsman Cyanzayire Aloysie
The Ombudsman added that it is hard to get corruption evidence since it is secretly done with two parties both benefiting from it , she recommended to strengthen ways to collect information on corruption, capacity building of investigators and to increase cashless systems. Mrs Cyanzayire Aloysie also recommended that corruption-related crimes should have special treatment with no expiry date.
The meeting gathered together government officials such as Ministers, Provincial Governors and District Mayors, members of the civil society, institutions with mandate of promotion of accountability, good governance and in charge of law enforcement such as Office of the Ombudsman , Auditor-General, Rwanda Governance Board, Rwanda National Police among others.
Among other measures to fight corruption, the meeting recommended more efforts to recover corruption and embezzlement-related assets to make it difficult or impossible for bribe takers to benefit from the vice.
“It is clear that we need to set up efforts to report corruption and we need to criminalize political responsibility in our laws. Total commitment of the country’s leadership at all levels is also needed in the fight against corruption,” said MP Theoneste Karenzi, a member of the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee.
Jean-Nepo Mbonyumuvunyi, the commissioner for the inspectorate of services and ethics at Rwanda National Police reminded government officials to do not tolerate corruption incidents. “We are witnessing corruption and we keep quiet and yet we are public servants dressed in good clothes and driving nice cars, we can’t do so and still pretend to be patriotic." he said. " Fighting corruption should be our priority and behave in a way that goes with the political will of our top leadership to end corruption and really eradicate it.”he added
Following recent 2016 Corruption Perception Index published at the beginning of 2017, Rwanda maintained its 2015 score of 54 with the third position in Africa and retained the first in the region.