Corruption on the rise in Rwanda


NOT ON MY WATCH: Despite President Paul Kagame’s no nonsense approach to corruption, cases are on the rise


Rwanda has a track record not tolerating corruption but in recent years corruption has been on the rise in the country especially around government circles.

Local experts say that although corruption is not, at Uganda, Kenya or Nigeria levels, there’s still corruption in Rwanda. And in Rwanda, corruption manifests itself in a range of ways , from gross financial mismanagement, embezzlement, and sex as a condition for employment among other things.

Tendencies of corruption are on the rise in Rwanda according to the 2014 Rwanda Governance Scorecard (RGS).
The score shows that on incidences of corruption, last year Rwanda was at 77 per cent, and now it stands at 76 per cent; but this drop, only reflects stagnation in dealing with incidences of corruption.

Education is the latest sector to be grappling with the scourge of corruption; a new report by Transparency International Rwanda indicates tax payer funds to the tune of about Frw 400 (nearly $600, 000) million has mysteriously disappeared in government-aided schools.
Also there has been corruption tendencies in the health care industry, five local government leaders have been sacked from top positions after being implicated in in shady dealings in the governmrnt insurance programme; mutuelle.

Rwanda is among the least corrupt countries in the world, with Transparency International’s 2014 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), putting the country among Africa’s five least corrupt nations.

The government maintains a tough anti-corruption stance, with 97.3 per cent of Rwandans expressing confidence in the government’s efforts to fight corruption, as per 2014 Rwanda Bribery Index by Transparency International Rwanda chapter.

According to the Prosecutor General, Richard Muhumuza, out of the 225 cases of corruption in 2013-2014 FY, 155 are before the courts of law.

In the meantime, Members of the National Anti-corruption Advisory Council continue to caution Rwandans against corruption, and contend that corruption is a big threat to both individual and national development.

Meanwhile, a month into the closure of the current financial year, most local governments have only executed between 15 and 45 per cent of development budget allocated to them.

Consultations on the 2015/2016 Budget are due to begin this month, with the new Budget expected to be out by end of June, but parliament says there is still poor planning at the district level in terms of budgetary allocation and execution.

Constance Mukayuhi Rwaka, the Chairperson, Parliamentary Budget Committee, said during their tour of at least 15 districts, the level of execution was inexplicable and there was evidence that districts had poor planning which could lead to mismanagement of public funds.