What Rwanda’s Chief Justice says on corruption

Chief Justice Faustin Ntezilyayo (left) and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda

Rwanda’s Chief Justice Faustin Ntezilyayo on Thursday said there was need for concrete actions to plug loopholes in the fight against corruption in the country’s justice sector.

Poor service delivery to service seekers opens up loopholes for corruption, and fighting it requires closing all those loopholes, Ntezilyayo told a meeting on anti-corruption in Kigali, capital of Rwanda.

He also said assessment to determine whether the measures taken to fight corruption were bearing results was necessary.

Rwanda has put in place various measures to fight corruption in its justice sector, including implementing the Integrated Electronic Case Management System, setting up anti-corruption committees, launching annual anti-corruption week, working with other government entities dedicated to fighting corruption, planning awareness campaigns, encouraging residents to report corrupt judicial officials as well as avoiding unnecessary postponement of hearings or passing of verdicts.

Statistics revealed that between 2005 and 2019, 47 Rwandan judicial officials implicated in corruption were fired.

Rwanda was ranked the least corrupt country in East Africa and the fourth-least corrupt country in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released last month by Transparency International.