Corruption hampers development – PM Ngirente

Despite the progress registered in the fight against corruption, more efforts are still needed to completely uproot the vice in the country to sustain the momentum towards development.

Despite the progress registered in the fight against corruption, more efforts are still needed to completely uproot the vice in the country to sustain the momentum towards development.

This was said Friday by Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente as he presided over the event to celebrate the International Anti-Corruption Day held in Kigali under the theme "Your Role is Vital in eradicating Corruption"

“While we are proud of the steps taken to deal with corruption, we are yet to get where we want to be; there are some of institutions where it remains prevalent even though it is not too much, there is also a bigger number of the population which remain adamant to report corruption,” the Premier said.

According to Premier, uprooting graft in every form of it is possible and that the most important thing is political will to fight it, which he said, is there.

Ngirente said that celebrating the International Anti-Corruption is an opportunity for nationals to reflect on how far they have come to implement measures to fight corruption and collectively look at existing challenges.

He said that on average, corruption takes away 10 percent of national budgets worldwide stressing the need to fight it in every way possible for development.

According to a report released by corruption watchdog Transparency International Rwanda in June this year, utility sectors of water and electricity recorded the highest incidences of corruption with 18.1 per cent from 2.5 per cent in 2014, followed by police with 15 per cent.

Others are local authorities at 5.4 per cent, judiciary 5.1 per cent, education institutions 3.5 per cent followed by tax services at 3.0 per cent while medical and health services are the least corrupt in the country with an incidence of 0.5 per cent.

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