Posted on10 December, 2016 | 22:42

How RNP uses policing partnership to curb corruption

Mid this week, different public institutions charged with fighting corruption converged at Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru in a one day conference that aimed at redrawing strategies to further combat graft.

Mid this week, different public institutions charged with fighting corruption converged at Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru in a one day conference that aimed at redrawing strategies to further combat graft.

The institutions included RNP, Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Office of Ombudsman, National Public Prosecution Authority (NPPA), Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA), Rwanda Revenue Authority and Transparency International-Rwanda.

The event was in line with the Ombudsman’s anti-corruption-week and attracted about 200 officials, who also included Rwanda Bar Association, Office of Auditor General and district executive secretaries.

The consultative meeting lauded the RNP strategy of public partnership in fighting corruption – a mechanism that falls into the national ; zero tolerance to corruption policy, according to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa, the Commissioner for Community Policing.

ACP Twahirwa, who was one of the panelists, pointed out that the force uses two approaches in its response to fight graft; repressive and aggressive.

“In so doing we, have come up with strong strategies to fighting corruption including the establishment of anti-corruption unit, strengthened the existing partnership with the public through community policing, use of different social networks, e-policing to reduce physical contact between the service seekers and the front desk officers, openness and accountability,” ACP Twahirwa said.

“Ultimately, where there is corruption, strong and effective governance can be difficult to establish, and social and economic develop will be hindered,” he said.

He pointed out that through partnership with citizens, about Rwf6.6billion of evaded taxes were recovered while over 100 people have been arrested in connection with misappropriation of about Rwf4.3 billion that were unaccountable for in social protection programmes, since January this year.

The type of corruption we encounter is the petty in nature...it’s individuals involved in giving or receiving a small amount or using other means to acquire an illegal service or to charge people for a free service; it’s not an institutionalised kind of corruption,” he noted.

Experts, partly, say that higher corruption leads to lower investors’ confidence and in turn leads to lower domestic and foreign investment.

In a separate panel, the acting commissioner of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) ACP Morris Murigo, the national policy of zero tolerance to corruption is a redline for any police officer.

“We believe that any officer who is embroiled in corruption has lost professional dignity and cannot serve the people and in most cases they are dismissed from the force, but they are also prosecuted,” ACP Murigo said.

At least 180 drivers have also been arrested this year for allegedly attempting to bribe police officers which 80 police officers have also been implicated in graft-related malpractices.

Speaking about what the CID has observed in its corruption investigations, the acting commissioner point out that; “negative solidarity is among the many challenges that affect evidence gathering on corruption cases.

Espérance Nshutiraguma, the head of Applied Governance Researchers at RGB pointed out that recent findings pointed at local authorities among the main culprits in abusing social protection services.

“This is something we all have to join efforts and fight; if social protections services had been well managed, our rate of development would be much higher. We need to reduce physical contact of the service providers and the service seekers,” Nshutiraguma said.

Delegates at the one-day consultative meeting agreed to enhance partnership among all institution in fighting corruption, increase on the time dedicated to anti-corruption campaigns and continuous review of laws related to the vice.

By en.muhabura.rw


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