O4 December 2013, The Government is committed to eradicating corruption and injustices, Prime Minister Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has said.
“Our government attaches much importance to the fight against corruption,” he stated.
The Premier made the remarks on Wednesday while officiating at the launch of the national anti-corruption week, an annual exercise which focuses on educating and sensitising the public to actively become involved in the fight against graft.
While addressing thousands of residents in Ndora sector, Gisagara district, the premier reaffirmed the government’s resolve towards ending the vices.
“Though our fight [against corruption] is yielding good results, we want to keep moving forward until we have a society free from corruption,” he stated.
He also commended the Office of the Ombudsman for its continuous efforts to put an end to corruption.
The Chief Ombudsman, Cyanzayire Aloysie, noted that during the Anti-Corruption week there will be sensitisation campaigns to encourage the public to play a leading role in preventing corruption.
She congratulated of Gisagara District for “its outstanding commitment in fighting corruption and championing good governance”.
For the last four years, Gisagara has emerged among top four districts in the annual good governance competition organised by the Office of the Ombudsman, Cyanzayire said.
The National Anti-Corruption Week is an occasion to reflect on the negative effects of corruption and injustices on the individual and the country, in general, and take measures to combat them.
This year’s campaign will end on December 9 which is the International Anti-Corruption Day.
The day signifies global efforts to combat corruption besides providing an opportunity to create awareness and commitment to curb graft.
The launch of the week was attended by senior government officials, including the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Tharcisse Karugarama, the Minister of Internal security Sheikh Moussa Fazil Harerimana and the Minister in the President’s Office, Venantia Tugireyezu. Also in attendance were delegations from the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption, representatives of the anti corruption agencies from Burundi, Kenya, Senegal, Egypt and South Sudan