Corruption is getting worse in Zambia, the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, which was released on Monday shows.
Zambia has slid two steps from 2017 which means that corruption has increased by two points in 2018.
The index is compiled by Transparency International by ranking 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people. It uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
In 2018, Zambia had a score of 35 and was placed 18th in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sub-Sahara is ranked as the worst performing region in the world. Now imagine, Zambia is among the worst in Sub-Sahara and Sub-Sahara is the worst in world. The 35 score by Zambia in 2018 is a drop from the 2017 score of 37. That simply means corruption has increased.
Seychelles, with a score of 66, was ranked 28th worldwide and the highest in the region, followed by Botswana, Cape Verde, Rwanda, Namibia, Mauritius, São Tomé and Principe, and Senegal.
Transparency International said sub-Saharan Africa was still the worst performing of all regions, adding that governments had failed to translate anti-corruption commitments into any real progress.
“A region with stark political and socio-economic contrasts and long-standing challenges, many of its countries struggle with ineffective institutions and weak democratic values, which threaten anti-corruption efforts,” said Transparency International.
It said despite stagnation across the region, there were some promising political developments, particularly in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.