The Rwandan government has sacked no less than 200 police officers in connection with corruption-related cases. This was disclosed by a Police Spokesman.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the announcement came about two weeks after anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International ranked the East African country as the third-least corrupt in Africa, after Botswana and Cape Verde , and as the 50th least corrupt globally among 176 countries.
“The ranking shows the government’s commitment and the will to fight corruption,’’ Marie-Immaculee Ingabire, the Chairman of Transparency International Rwanda said.
The sacked police officers included one superintendent and four chief inspectors.
“The war against corruption and bribery, either within the force or in other institutions, remains. The slogan is the same … no mercy for corrupt officers,’’ police spokesman Theos Badege said.
In 2016, no fewer than 200 civilians and 80 police officers were arrested on corruption-related charges.
President Paul Kagame’s regime has come under severe criticism from several countries for alleged human rights violations, but he has also earned praise from other quarters for his relentless war against corruption and stimulating investments into the country.
The dismissal of the Police officers is seen as a drastic measure by the Rwandan Government to rid the country of ‘corruption’ which is believed to be a plague that has crippled the economy of many African countries