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Somali officials visit RNP on anti-corruption programme

Officials from the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Puntland State of Somalia, yesterday, said that they are “considering Rwanda as a model country in fighting corruption” and intends to emulate the country’s strategies particularly those implemented by Rwanda National Police (RNP).

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Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa

They made the remarks during their visit at the RNP General Headquarters, aimed at learning from the force’s strategies in prevention and fighting graft.

At RNP, they were received by Commissioner for Community policing, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Celestin Twahirwa, who briefed them on the forces strategies and partnership with other institutions in fighting graft.

The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Commissioner for Public Relations and Media, Chief Supt. Lynder Nkuranga and several Police officers attached to the anti-corruption unit.

Speaking during a meeting, the Director General of Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Bureau in the Puntland State of Somalia, Abdirahman Ali Gureye recognized that Rwanda is well known for its zero tolerance to corruption, facilitated by strong measures.

“We appreciate what Rwanda is doing and that’s why we have to pick lessons from it. What we have learnt from Rwanda Police has exceeded our expectations,” said Gureye.

“We chose Rwanda as a model in fighting corruption because the country has realistic measures that are also practical in that line. So far, RNP’s strategies are worth emulating and we intend to frequently come back and learn more,” he added.

“We are impressed that the force conducts frequent checks on its officers and its practical partnership with other institutions and the citizens; this makes Rwanda our model country.”

ACP Twahirwa explained that corruption is considered a high impact crime in Rwanda adding that to combat it is a “concerted effort from both state and non-state actors, and members of the public.”

“We have an inter-state agency coordination mechanism where information about graft is exchanged without compromising each other’s core functions,” ACP Twahirwa said.

He said that through this complimentary role spearheaded by top leadership and political will, Rwanda has been able to curtail corruption to the lowest level possible.

Rwanda is ranked as one of the least corrupt countries globally.

ACP Twahirwa said police uses different forms of dialogue through community policing methods and media to sensitize and involve the public in fighting corruption.

“Police has partnerships with various stakeholders including youth organizations, community policing committees, anti-crime clubs, and unique partnership with public and private institutions, to weed out corruption jointly,” he noted.

He further explained that within the police structures, an ant-corruption and embezzlement units were established to specifically fight graft in and outside the force.

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