A TEAM OF LAWYERS VISITS ULK GISENYI CAMPUS
Paying visits is something which has been in existence since the very day humanity inhabited the earth. In other words, it is as old as humankind itself. Thus, one may say that the act of visiting colleagues, friends, or other people in general, is not in its embryonic stage. It is in this respect that a delegation of lawyers made of Ladislas Badara from Musanze high court, Vincent Niyonzima, Gisenyi court prosecutor, Djamila Karigirwa, ULK alumnus who later on founded LALEO (Legal Aid and Laws Explanatory Organization) to mention but a few, visited ULK Gisenyi Campus on 11th February, 2014 with a view to share with the campus community ideas on the role that can be played by the law to eradicate corruption.
To make their message well internalized, they had a theme which goes, “Ruswa imunga umuntu ikamuhindura ikintu”, loosely translated as, “Corruption enslaves a human-being and transforms him into something”.
Since the delegation was made up of four people, one of them took the lead in delivering their message while others waited to intervene whenever needed. To this, Mr. Ladislas Badara, serving the high court in Musanze district, broke the ice and threw some light on what corruption is all about. As he said, corruption is an act of giving and receiving something or service illegally. Thus corruption involves two sides: the giver and the receiver. He went deeper to clarify some of the barriers that impinge on the fight against corruption. As he said, those barriers range from reluctance in giving information, lack of transparency, poverty, ignorance and lack of strong administrative structures among others.
Explaining how reluctance in giving information can be a stumbling block towards fighting corruption, Badara said that many people find it worthless to accuse their fellow countrymen thinking it is not culture-bound. As for lack of transparency, he said that some people, especially decision-makers do not give services to the right beneficiaries but instead they are subjective when it comes to serving those visiting their offices. Talking about poverty, he said that when someone is poor, they become a barrier towards eradicating corruption because such a person always thinks that his/her needs can only be satisfied through receiving bribes. As for ignorance, he expounded that it is easier to mislead ignorant people because they have misconceptions that corruption eases the shortcut to problem-solving. He also made it clear that when a country’s administration is in tatters, it almost becomes impossible to control corruption.
Furthermore, Badara did not eat his words when it comes to the effects of corruption. As he put it, corruption can trigger inequality among people; it may jeopardize investment and cause mistrust of people vis-à-vis their authorities, to mention but a few.
As any other effective speaker would proceed, Badara could not leave the podium without suggesting some measures to uproot this vice. To this, he called upon everyone to own the battle against corruption, use transparency, make sure severe punishments are administered to those found guilty, and make customer-care a habit in daily activities if corruption is to be eradicated.
As soon as his talk had climaxed, questions and comments were received from the tireless audience and at the end of the day, Dr Munyamasoko Cyeze Emmanuel, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics requested participants to make use of the lawyers’ message and curb corruption once and for all.