The Transparency International 2015 Survey says 62 per cent of Zambians don’t believe that the government is doing enough to fight corruption, placing the country on 14th position out of 28 most corrupt countries in Africa. There are 54 countries in Africa.
But Badwell Lungu, the PF cadre who runs Transparency in Zambia can not reveal these findings as it will jeorpadize his prospects of being given a job by the PF, if they retain power a few months from now.
And Transparency International chairperson José Ugaz says corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion, while corrupt individuals with political power enjoy a lavish life.
According to the latest People and Corruption in Africa Survey 2015 report, an estimated 75 million Africans paid a bribe between March 2014 and September 2015.
The survey was conducted in 36 countries across the African region, with results from Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“Sixty-two per cent of Zambians interviewed stated that the government was doing badly in the fight against corruption while only 32 per cent thought otherwise,” the survey stated.
The worst country listed in the survey was Madagascar where 90 per cent said the government was doing badly while only nine per cent said the government was doing well in trying to fight corruption.
The report adds that the majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.
“In the report People and Corruption Africa Survey 2015, part of the Global Corruption Barometer, Transparency International partnered with Afro-barometer, spoke to 43,143 respondents across 28 countries in sub-Saharan Africa between March 2014 and September 2015 to ask them about their experiences and perceptions of corruption in their countries,” Transparency International stated.
“In 18 out of 28 countries surveyed, a large majority of people said their government is doing badly at fighting corruption…many Africans, particularly the poor, are burdened by corruption when trying to get access to key basic services in their countries. 22 per cent of people that have come into contact with a public service in the past 12 months paid a bribe.”
The survey further reveals that of the six key public services asked about, people who came into contact with the courts and police are the ones most likely to have paid a bribe.
“28 per cent and 27 per cent respectively of people who had contact with these services paid a bribe. Across the continent, poor people who use public services are twice as likely as rich people to have paid a bribe, and in urban areas, they are even more likely to pay bribes,” the report stated.
And Ugaz said millions of Africans are deprived of their basic needs like food, health, education, housing, access to clean water and sanitation.
“We call on governments and judges to stop corruption, eradicate impunity and implement Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals to curb corruption. We also call on the people to demand honesty and transparency and mobilise against corruption. It is time to say enough and unmask the corrupt,” said Ugaz.
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