Rwanda marks the International Anti-Corruption Day under the theme: "Corruption undermines Rwandan values"

Today Rwanda joined the world to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, after a week-long anti-corruption campaign led by the Office of the Ombudsman. The ceremony held at Serena Kigali Hotel was chaired by the President of the Senate, Dr. Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo and the Chief Ombudsman Aloysie Cyanzayire. Were also present, senior government officials as well as representatives of the civil society.

The President of the Senate Dr. Ntawukuriryayo said: "Although Rwanda is ranked among the least corrupt countries in Africa, a lot more needs to be done. Each one of us has a role to play in the fight against corruption and make Rwanda a corruption-free country."

The recent Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report released by Transparency International shows that Rwanda is the fourth least corrupt country in Africa and was among the top 50 best performing countries in the world out of 177 surveyed. Rwanda also fell among the top 30 per cent of countries that scored above 50 per cent worldwide on the CPI score.

In his message for this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that "Corruption is a barrier to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and needs to be taken into account in defining and implementing a robust post-2015 development agenda. "

The Anti-Corruption Week was launched on 04 December 2013 in Huye District. During that week, various events were organised nationwide including the talk shows on radio and TV, the Anti-corruption Youth Day, the football match and the meeting of the Extended National Anti- corruption Advisory Council.

Established by the resolution 58/4 of 31 October, 2003, the United Nations General Assembly designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day.

This decision aimed to raise people’s awareness of corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in combating and preventing it.

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