CONFLICTS

Rwanda fires 200 police officers accused of corruption

Rwanda's government has dismissed 200 police officers implicated in corruption as the East African country strives to maintain its reputation as largely free of petty graft.

Rwanda is sub-Saharan Africa's third least corrupt country in Transparency International's latest survey.

Marie-Immaculée Ingabire, the head of Transparency International in Rwanda, said the ranking shows the Rwandan government's will to fight corruption.

The dismissal of the police officers was approved by a Cabinet meeting last Friday chaired by President Paul Kagame, whose government has been hailed by donor countries for punishing corrupt officials.

Rwanda police spokesman Theos Badege said Monday there would be "no mercy" upon corrupt officers in the police.

The African Union estimates that $50 billion is lost to corruption and other financial crimes across Africa annually.