Rwanda National Police (RNP), on Monday, February 5, started a five-day senior level leadership and management seminar on strategies to combat corruption. While opening the seminar attended by commissioners and senior police officers at the RNP General Headquarters, in Kigali, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) in charge of Administration and Personnel, DCG Jeanne-Chantal Ujeneza, said that when corruption and security risks combine, they compromise the safety of the state at the benefit of a few and at the expense of the public purse. ALSO READ: Police: Fighting corruption a collective responsibility The private sector, Rwanda Utility Regulatory Authority (RURA), and Rwanda National Police (RNP), are the leaders in bribery incidents, according to the 40th Rwanda Bribery Index (RBI) released on December 7, 2023. Ujeneza pointed out that ethics and professional values are the cornerstone of any successful anti-corruption effort and efforts to build a culture of integrity and accountability. As leaders you must lead by example; ensure that subordinates comply with ethical standards, and collectively create a corruption-free environment towards sustainable development, Ujeneza said. ALSO READ: Most corrupt Rwandan institutions named One corrupt individual can set off a chain of events that shatters security and undermine the country’s stability, she noted. Over the next five days, we have the opportunity to dig into crucial topics surrounding the fight against corruption, Ujeneza said. The seminar provides an opportunity for strategic planning and management of anti-corruption agencies as well as exploring the critical issues of ethics and professional values in anti-corruption activities. This helps to set clear goals, objectives, and priorities in the fight against corruption. Developing comprehensive anti-corruption strategies which include preventive, investigative, and enforcement measures, is essential, she said. Dr. Rogers Koranteng, the Head of Public Sector Governance at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said that Rwanda, as one of the safest countries in Africa with a very low crime rate, has more to offer her citizen and the rest of Africa. ALSO READ: Rwanda ranks first on list of top 10 safest countries in Africa He added: It is more important now, more than ever, that senior management of law enforcement agencies are kept abreast with current and effective skills and knowledge to effectively lead and manage their resources for the fight against all forms of crimes. Effective leadership is integral to organizational effectiveness. Effective leaders create positive organizational cultures, strengthen motivation, clarify mission and organizational objectives, and steer organizations to more productive and high-performing outcomes.