09/12/2012: 9th December of each year is known as international anti-corruption day. This year, Rwanda hosted the celebration of that day at African level with the theme "Promote a corruption free Africa". This date coincided with the closing of African anti-corruption week opened on 05/12/2012. Rwanda was chosen for such event due to its great achievements in preventing and combating corruption. In that event, were present delegations from national institutions, the representatives of African countries such as South Soudan, Uganda, South Africa, Egypt, Burundi, Senegal and Kenya. There were also the delegations from Transparency International, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and African Union Advisory Board on Corruption.
The achievements of Rwanda in curbing corruption were highlighted by the Chief Ombudsman Mrs. CYANZAYIRE Aloysie and the Minister of Justice Hon. Tharcisse KARUGARAMA who was the guest of honor on behalf of His Excellency the President of the Republic. Some of the achievements are the establishment of institutions competent to conduct investigation, prosecution and adjudication of corruption cases, the enactment of sound laws and strategies, as well as the sensitization campaigns towards the citizens on evils of corruption and their involvement in corruption eradication. However, there is much to be done. The Chief Ombudsman pointed out that the battle against corruption needs the joint efforts of public bodies, private sector, nongovernmental organizations, media and different associations.
The guests from foreign countries appreciated the achievements made by Rwanda in the framework of eradicating the causes and consequences of corruption. Mr. Said ADEJUMOBI, Director in United Nations Economic Commission for Africa praised the connection between the Rwandan Government and the citizens as far as the latter are sensitized to play a vital role in the prevention and eradication of corruption. Corruption is a source of poverty and has negative impact on the socio-economic development due to lack of hospitals, schools, clean water, roads and other basic infrastructures necessary for the population welfare.
Mr. Edward GAMAYA HOSEAH, Chair of African Union Advisory Board on Corruption stressed the importance of good governance in the fight against corruption. Competent organs should carry out the monitoring of the implementation of anti-corruption activities in order to ensure their productivity and provide corrective measures if necessary.
On international anti-corruption day, three best districts in good governance competition organized by the Office of the Ombudsman were awarded. Those are Gisagara, Nyamasheke and Huye. Each district of the country was awarded a merit certificate in the sense that all districts performed well in the fight against corruption.
At the same function, three best winners of youth essay competition were awarded. This competition co-organized by United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and African Union Advisory Board on Corruption was intended to African youth studying in the secondary schools in order to raise their awareness in the fight against corruption. The first winner comes from Lesotho, the second from Liberia and the third from Madagascar.
Different activities were conducted during the national anti-corruption week. Those include the field visit in Bugesera, Nyabihu and Kamonyi Districts for their achievements in the eradication of corruption, the cycling tour and the anti-corruption youth day (07/12/2012) aiming at explaining to the youth the gravity of corruption and making them aware of their role in the fight against corruption.