A delegation from Mali composed of members of the Central Office against Illicit Enrichment and members of the Supreme Court visited the Rwanda National Police (RNP) and commended its efforts in fighting corruption.
During the visit, the delegation led by the president of the Mali Central Office against Illicit Enrichment, Moumouni Guindo, received explanations from the commissioner for the Inspectorate of Services and Ethics, ACP Jean Nepo Mbonyumuvunyi, about Rwanda’s best practices in fighting corruption in general and within the force.
Guindo applauded the professionalism and dedication with which RNP tackles corruption.
“There are so many ideas that are worth to share with my country, and other African countries can learn from Rwanda’s best example to ensure corrupt-free countries” he said.
Mbonyumuvunyi said that the fight against corruption is one of the priorities on Rwanda’s political agenda.
“RNP as a law enforcement institution works with other public and private agencies, and the population, to enforce the zero-tolerance policy against graft,” he explained.
“Corruption affects service delivery. The police put in place specific training and capacity building programs for officers to be professional in investigating corruption cases, promote ethical conduct and uphold high levels of professionalism,” he added.
He further noted that the anti-corruption and public embezzlement units, the Inspectorate of Services and Ethics department and the Police Disciplinary Unit are some of the mechanisms adopted to fight corruption within and outside the force.
Over the last 3 years, 128 police officers were dismissed for corruption cases while 315 civilians were arrested trying to bribe police officers.
RNP also signed MoUs with various institutions that are mandated with monitoring public agencies like the Office of the Ombudsman, the Rwanda Governance Board and Transparency International-Rwanda, and all 30 districts, to jointly fight graft and embezzlement in particular.
The Malian delegation, which is in Rwanda since Monday, also visited the Office of the Ombudsman and the Rwanda Public Procurement Authority.