On this Monday, June 29, 2020, the Bureau of the Senate of Rwanda received the declaration of assets of the Ombudsman, Deputy Ombudsmen and other staff members of the Office of the Ombudsman who are required to declare their assets in accordance with relevant laws.
The President of the Senate, Rt. Hon. Augustin Iyamuremye, when receiving the Ombudsman, Hon. Anastase Murekezi, who was accompanied by his two Deputies and the Secretary-General of the Office of the Ombudsman, reiterated that the organic law determining the functioning of the Senate, in its article 75 – 13o provides that the Bureau of the Senate has a responsibility of “receiving and assessing the faithful declaration of assets of the Ombudsman, Deputy Ombudsmen and other staff members of the Office of the Ombudsman who are required to declare their assets”
The Senate President saluted the Office of the Ombudsman Leaders for publicly showing that they do the very same thing they request others to do. He also acknowledged their dedication to the fight against corruption, “None could succeed the fight against corruption without keeping an eye on all those people who may be tempted to be bribed or ask for it, you hold others accountable but you ought to be as well held answerable to what you do, it is a good example of a good politics that the country chose to follow” the Senate President said.
The Ombudsman, Hon. Anastase Murekezi revealed that as of June 29, about 11,000 people had already declared their assets through technologies, and another 1,000 of them had already started doing so, the rest not yet been able to do so, are expected to have concluded it by June 30, 2020, at midnight.
He added that failing to meet the deadline is punishable, “The law commands us to first remind them, should they fail again to comply, the punishments begin; they may be publicly blamed in writing, or have ¼ of their salaries deducted, it may even go up the level where the Office of the Ombudsman may request their authorities to dismiss them” Ombudsman Murekezi Said.
Article 80 of the organic law determining the functioning of the Senate, stipulates that the verification of assets of the Ombudsman, Deputy Ombudsman and other officials of the Office of the Ombudsman, who are required to declare their assets as carried out by the Bureau of the Senate consists of identifying the reliability of the declarations and sources of assets. The Bureau of Senate can seek the assistance of other relevant public organs in scrutinising the problems pertaining to the declarations of assets.