Kigali 6th December 2016: The anti-corruption week entered its third day on 5th December 2016 with an anti corruption congress which gathered together 76 youth representatives all over the country under the theme “ Get involved, report corruption.”
Youth were called to report corruption and be active in the fight against corruption and the participants in the congress committed themselves to report it and to raise awareness in their respective communities.
Mr Mbarubukeye Xavier, the Permanent secretary at the Office of the Ombudsman observed that youth are more vulnerable to corruption in one way or another while seeking for jobs or other services.
He also noted that the congress was supposed to help the Office of the Ombudsman cultivate the anti-graft spirit among the youth as the future leaders of the country.
“We want our youth, comprising a big number of the population, to lead the anti- corruption battle by exhibiting discipline wherever they are. We ask them to report on each case they encounter while searching for jobs to ensure that those who are implicated in bribery get punished in conformity with the laws,” he argued.
Geoffrey Gakumba, a representative of the National Youth Council in Kayonza District, said, after the forum, they would put more efforts in sensitising other youths to be more active in the fight and reporting of corruption.
“We came up with a new commitment that as young people we should value and respect ourselves by fighting and refusing to be accomplices in corruption,” he said.
Gakumba urged people in positions of power to avoid corruption since it affects their future.
Apart from meeting the youth leaders, during this 2016 anti-corruption week, the Office of the Ombudsman conducts radio and TV talkshows on the effects of corruption on development. It will also hold a dialogue with media practitioners, and religious institutions to bring them on board in the fight against corruption ahead of the December 9 celebration of international anti-corruption day.