Rwanda sacks 189 police officers over misconduct
New officers of Rwanda National Police at a pass-out parade. PHOTO | NMG
London, Feb. 16, 2018 (AltAfrika)– Thirty-Five (35 ) Rwanda police officers have been dismissed from service following a presidential order reports The East Africa
Another 154 officers have also been sacked, through a ministerial order, over gross misconduct.
The dismissal comes just three months after 21 police officers and 36 prison guards were fired last November for similar reasons.
The government says it aims at ensuring professionalism within the force that has severally been ranked as the most corrupt public institution in Rwanda by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.
“There should not be cause for concern. The police force is made up of thousands of officers so this is normal,” Johnston Busingye, Minister of Justice told The EastAfrican.
“The way forward is that they have to leave the force. Such conducts cannot be tolerated because of the high standards and discipline required of officers serving in Rwanda and outside,” he added.
Besides the Transparency ranking, the Rwanda Governance Board, in its Citizen Report Card last year, noted that 10 per cent of the 12 million population believe the police is where bribery is most prevalent.
While corruption has dogged the police over the years, Rwanda utility firms top the most corrupt list. They include energy, judiciary and tax officials.