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Kamonyi: Ombudsman calls for citizen participation in corruption prevention

The Office of the Ombudsman has called residents of Kamonyi District to have a part to play in fighting the battle against corruption.

The message was delivered by Umurungi Emeline, a member of staff of the Office of the Ombudsman while addressing residents of Mugina Sector in Kamonyi District in the closing of anti-corruption campaign on December 1, 2019.

Anti-corruption campaign which was launched on the 2nd November 2019 in Rukoma Sector,  was targeting to promote justice in service delivery, the district Mayor, Alice Kayitesi said.

As stipulated by Law n° 54/2018 of 13/08/2018 on fighting against corruption, any public organ, private institution, civil society member or international organization operating in Rwanda has obligations in prevention of corruption.

Umurungi said that citizens also have to play their role in this battle by providing information and evidences of the crime to justice organs.

“Corruption is evil and truly persists but on the other hand, fighting it is possible. A single organ cannot win the battle; we need your participation especially by informing competent organs any person suspected of a crime” she said.

She reminded them that upon conviction penalties for corruption offenses are now high and that are imprescriptible.

“There is no sustainable development where corruption stands. If we all collaborate in crime prevention measures, our district will be free from corruption and injustice”, Tuyizere Thaddée, the vice mayor in charge of economic affairs said.

Anti-corruption campaign in Kamonyi district was organized after staff found in corruption related behaviors. From January up to November 2019, five members of staff were sacked and 40 Village leaders resigned over allegations of corruption.

Tuyizere Thaddée,Vice Mayor in charge of economic affairs in Kamonyi District

By Emmanuel Kanamugire

 

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