Fighting Corruption Is a Top Priority in Rwanda – PM

Gisagara — 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 noted that over the past years, Rwanda has gone a long way in addressing corruption but added that the fight still goes on.

“We are proud of our strategies [to fight corruption]”, he said. “They are paying off,” Habumuremyi added, as he referred to a recent report which ranked Rwanda the third least corrupt country in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

He warned anyone who still has “a heart of taking or giving a bribe” that he will be dealt with accordingly. “Everyone is watching,” he warned.

“All institutions and organs have established mechanisms to fight graft. If you think you will give or take a bribe and go unnoticed, you are in for a bad shock.”

“If you are among those who still have the heart of taking or giving a bribe, know that your days are numbered.”

He commended the Office of the Ombudsman for its continuous efforts to put an end to corruption.

He urged residents to desist from “buying services you are entitled to,” and warned leaders against the malpractice.

“You should not give your property to gain access to what you are entitled to,” he told the public. “Neither should you pay to gain unfair advantages from leaders,” he added.

Premier Habumuremyi called on the general public to denounce anyone why tries to seek a bribe from them.

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