Officials from the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Puntland State in Somalia have expressed their admiration for “Rwanda as a model country in fighting corruption,” and that they intend to emulate the country’s strategies, particularly those implemented by the police.
They made the remarks following a visit to the police headquarters aimed at learning from the force’s strategies to prevent and fight corruption.
The director general of Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in Puntland State, Abdirahman Ali Gureye, remarked that Rwanda is well known for its zero tolerance to corruption, facilitated by strong measures.
“We appreciate what Rwanda is doing and that’s why we have to learn lessons from it. What we have learnt from the Rwandan police has exceeded our expectations,” he said.
“We chose Rwanda as a model in fighting corruption because the country has realistic measures that are also practical. So far, RNP’s strategies are worth emulating and we intend to frequently come back and learn more,” he added. “We are impressed with the way the police conducts frequent checks on its officers and its practical partnership with other institutions and the citizens; this makes Rwanda our model country.”
Celestin Twahirwa, the RNP commissioner for Community Policing, explained that corruption is considered a high-impact crime in Rwanda, adding that concerted efforts from state and non-state actors, and members of the public are required to fight it.
“We have a coordination mechanism where information about graft is exchanged between institutions without compromising each other’s core functions,” he said, adding that through this complimentary role spearheaded by top leadership and driven by political will, Rwanda has been able to curtail corruption to the lowest level possible and is ranked as one of the least corrupt countries globally.
Twahirwa said the police uses different forms of dialogue through community policing methods and media to sensitize and involve the public in fighting corruption.
“The police has partnerships with various stakeholders including youth organizations, community policing committees, anti-crime clubs, and unique partnership with public and private institutions, to combat corruption jointly,” he noted.
He further explained that within the police structures, anti-corruption and anti-embezzlement units were established to specifically fight graft in and outside the force.