Three students in Rwanda have developed an anti-corruption app that can help fight this scourge in their country and beyond.
Monica Kirabo, Angela Izi Nkusi and Odile Abimana, students from Gashora Girls Academy, came up with the idea of developing the app after hearing about a corruption story involving an innocent victim and a police officer.
Two years ago, a friend told them the story of his father and how a policeman asked him for a bribe.
“His father was driving when a police officer stopped him for breaking the rules of the road. He was asked to pay a bribe to be released, “ says Odile Abimana.
Indeed, she adds, the father did not commit any offense and did not break any rule.
“When we heard about this injustice, we realized that it was necessary to have a system that holds these people accountable for their actions,” said Monica Kirabo.
That’s how they got together and decided to develop an application they called ACAP (Anti-Corruption Application).
This application makes it possible to file complaints and report cases of corruption which will then be examined by the authorities.
According to Izi Nkusi, their goal is to save the nation by enabling citizens to access justice. They intend to work in partnership with the relevant authorities to make the platform operational.
At the Social Responsibility Symposium held last week in Kigali, experts said that these kinds of applications allow citizens to hold their leaders, politicians and service providers accountable.
According to Transparency International, nearly 75 million people in sub-Saharan Africa reportedly paid a bribe in the past year, some to escape the police or the courts, but many had to pay for access to base they desperately needed.
In Kenya, mobile applications already allow citizens to report corruption cases. For example, Transparency International Kenya has developed the Action for Transparency App (A4T App), an application that allows citizens to report corruption cases from their mobile phones.