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Rwanda intensifies campaign aimed at fighting corruption

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Rwanda has announced a campaign to achieve zero tolerance for corruption within the country’s judiciary, reflecting the government’s commitment to addressing corruption issues and ensuring a fair and transparent legal system.

“We have embarked on a campaign to fight corruption in the judiciary. Our judicial system has implemented strict measures for individuals within the justice system found guilty of corruption,” Faustin Ntezilyayo, president of the Rwanda Supreme Court, told a press conference held Thursday ahead of the campaign scheduled to run from Monday to Friday next week. Ntezilyayo emphasized that the campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of corruption in the judiciary, highlighting how it poses a threat to human rights and national development. He said that the campaign will involve the Rwanda prosecution, Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), and all stakeholders in the judicial sector.

Ntezilyayo believed that the absence of cooperation at all levels creates fertile ground for corruption, which subsequently infringes upon fundamental human rights and hampers national development. Speaking at the event, Jeannot Ruhunga, secretary-general of RIB, said that in the last three years, RIB has submitted 2,643 files to the Prosecutor’s Office, involving 5,419 individuals suspected of corruption. He added that despite the continued existence of corruption in the justice system, those found guilty are being prosecuted. Ruhunga highlighted that in the fiscal year 2022-2023, a total of 864 files, involving 1,705 individuals suspected of corruption, were submitted to the Prosecutor’s Office.

According to him, over the last three years, personnel within the justice system, including two judges, five prosecutors, five court bailiffs, three lawyers, and 16 investigators, have been prosecuted. Rwanda made slight progress, as evidenced by an increased score of 53 percent up from 51 percent in 2022, according to Transparency International’s 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index, released last month. With this elevated score, Rwanda maintains its position as the fourth least corrupt country in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, securing the top spot in East Africa and attaining the 49th position globally — an improvement from 54th in 2022.

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