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Rwandan judiciary least corrupt in the region: report

29 August 2015, 08:41

Nairobi - Rwandan judiciary has been ranked low in terms of corruption related tendencies, according to Transparency International Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report.

The 2015 report showed that Rwandan Judiciary is least corrupt institution in East Africa compared to other judiciary institutions in countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi.

The findings from Transparency International research titled "Analysis of Professionalism and accountability of Courts" for sound rule of law in Rwanda (2015) were released on Wednesday.

The report says only nine percent of Rwandans seeking judicial services are likely to be exposed to corruption, compared to Uganda, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania with 14.1 percent, 16.4 percent, 17 percent and 22 percent respectively.

In Rwanda, according to the findings, judges and court registrars abstain from corruption at a rate of 72.9 percent.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Appolinaire Mupiganyi, executive secretary of Transparency International, Rwanda Chapter said that Rwanda judiciary has significantly improved when it comes to the fight against corruption.

"We have realized that Judiciary in Rwanda understands the dangers of corruption and how it destroys the country's development. However there is still room for improvement," he noted.

Rwandan courts are focused on reducing the backlog from 42,670 cases in 2012 to 7,220 cases in 2015, according Emmanuel Itamwa, spokesperson of the judiciary.

"We are more determined to fight against corruption and its root causes. Presently, a case is concluded within four months in Primary courts, and eight months in high courts," he explained.

The Transparency International CPI 2013 report ranked Rwanda as the fourth least corrupt country in Africa and among the top 50 best performing countries in the world out of 177 surveyed.

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