Rwanda's Chief Justice calls for plugging loopholes in fight against corruption

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-14 14:02:05|Editor: zyl
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KIGALI, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Rwanda's Chief Justice Faustin Ntezilyayo on Thursday called 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.

There is also a need to assess whether the measures taken to fight corruption are bearing results, he said.

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.

In 2005-2019, 47 Rwandan judicial officials implicated in corruption have been fired, statistics from the judiciary revealed.

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.