When Monica Kirabo, Angela Izi Nkusi, and Odile Abimana heard about a story of bribery that involved an innocent victim and a policeman, they knew it was something that needed to be addressed.
The three young ladies are students of Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology. Two years ago, a friend told them the story of his father and how a policeman asked a bribe from him.
“The father was driving before the policeman stopped him that he had violated traffic rules. He was asked to pay a bribe to be let go,” Odile Abimana narrates.
In the real sense, she adds, the father had not committed any offense nor had he violated any rules.
“When we heard about that kind of injustice, there was a need to have a system that holds such people accountable,” Kirabo says.
To put it in context, nearly 75 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are estimated to have paid a bribe in the past year – some to escape punishment by the police or courts, but many forced to pay to get access to the basic services that they desperately need, according to Transparency International.
The three sciences and technology students came together and decided to design an application which they called ACAP – Anti Corruption App.
The system enables people to lodge claims and bribery cases through a mobile application, which then can be reviewed by concerned officials.
According to Izi Nkusi, one of the young developers, their idea is to save the nation by enabling citizens to access justice.
They plan to partner with relevant authorities to make the platform work for people.
- New Times Rwanda