Referees to don anti-corruption jerseys during matches

THE OMBUDSMAN's office has partnered with the Rwanda Football Association (Ferwafa) to dress referees in jerseys inscribed with the words "STOP CORRUPTION" during matches as part of efforts to fight corruption in the country.
Match officials will don jerseys with the words ‘STOP CORRUPTION’ in matches during league matches. (Timothy Kisambira)
Match officials will don jerseys with the words ‘STOP CORRUPTION’ in matches during league matches. (Timothy Kisambira)

THE OMBUDSMAN’s office has partnered with the Rwanda Football Association (Ferwafa) to dress referees in jerseys inscribed with the words “STOP CORRUPTION” during matches as part of efforts to fight corruption in the country.

According to Moussa Hakizimana, the Ferwafa spokesperson, the initiative will help in fighting corruption whether in sport or other sectors.

“We believe that corruption not only affects the public service but sport as well, so that is why we want to give our contribution as Rwandans in spreading the message against corruption,” Hakizimana said.

Patrick Bizimana, an official in the Ombudsman’s Office said that sports is one of the avenues they will continue using to spread messages about the ills of corruption.

“We want people to know their responsibility in fighting corruption and I think Sports is one way of telling the public about the dangers of corruption,” Bizimana said.

The Ombudsman’s office also sponsored a football tournament that featured teams which finished in the top 4 positions last season. AS Kigali beat Police 1-0 in the final to win the tourney.

Rwanda is among Africa’s five least corrupt nations according to Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) that was released this month.

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