Rwanda seeks to amend whistle-blower law

The Rwandan government is considering rewarding and protecting anyone who exposes alleged wrongdoing in government bodies, projects and offices, said a senior official on Tuesday.

“A revised draft whistle-blowers legislation which has been tabled in parliament for further consultation and review will ensure that a whistle-blower’s identity is fully concealed, protected and rewarded for the job done,” said Evode Uwizeyimana, state minister in charge of constitutional and legal affairs.

“We are looking at exposing corruption and misuse of power by public servants and other threats to national security and stability,” said Uwizeyimana.

The existing law only stated procedures for masking a whistle-blower without detailing mechanisms for protection.

It also did not provide for filing a complaint to administrative authorities or in courts in case of any negative repercussion on the whistle-blower resulting from information provided.

Rwandan cabinet last week approved the draft whistle-blowers law, which is already in parliament for review before being enacted.

According to the draft law, any person found guilty of abusing the whistle-blowers law is liable to a prison sentence ranging from 6 to 12 months and fine between 595 and 1,194 U.S. dollars.

 

Zainab Sa’id