200 Rwandan police officers have been dismissed by the government after they were implicated in corruption even as the east African country endeavors to maintain its reputation as largely free of petty graft.
The officers’ dismissal was approved by a a Cabinet meeting last Friday chaired by President Paul Kagame, whose government has been hailed for punishing corrupt officials.
Rwanda police spokesperson Theos Badege said on Monday there would be “no mercy” upon corrupt officers in the police.
“It is a national policy to ensure zero tolerance to graft,” Badege was quoted by the Associated Press, adding that accountability and integrity are among the core values expected of police officers while on duty.
Rwanda was ranked as the third least corrupt country in sub-Saharan Africa in Transparency International’s latest. The ranking shows the Rwandan government’s will to fight corruption, said Marie-Immaculée Ingabire, the head of Transparency International in Rwanda.
In 2016, 200 civilians faced the wrath of the law for allegedly giving bribes to police officers.