Zimbabwe ranked third most corrupt country in Africa

via Zimbabwe ranked third most corrupt country in Africa | SW Radio Africa by Mthulisi Mathuthu  December 20, 2013  

Zimbabwe is the third most corrupt African country, after joint leaders Nigeria and Egypt, a key research project has found.

According to an Afrobarometer report released four weeks ago in Senegal, corruption in Zimbabwe stands at 81 percent while both Nigeria and Egypt are at 82 percent. In Zimbabwe corruption increased by 43 percent between 2002 and 2012, the report said.

Afrobarometer is a research project which measures public attitudes on socio-economic and political issues in sub-Saharan Africa. The project surveyed more than 51,000 people between October 2011 and June 2013. Project manager Anyway Chigwede, said interviewees were adults aged 18 years and above with a gender balance of 50-50.

Fifty six percent of the people interviewed said their governments have done ‘fairly’ or ‘very bad’ in fighting graft while only 35 percent said their governments had done ‘fairly’ or ‘very well.’

So prevalent is corruption in Africa that 1 in 5 people said they have paid one or more times to a government official in the past year, just to get an official document, the report said. It added that in 34 countries the public perceive the police and government tax officials to be the most corrupt.

A year ago the Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa found that graft among the Zimbabwean traffic police was worsening, with some officials having accumulated wealth which they could not ‘justify against their monthly salaries.’

Transparency International Zimbabwe Chairman, Loughty Dube, said the recent revelations were not surprising. Dube said his organization was aware that corruption is ‘rampant in virtually every government department.’

He said graft was so rife because of a lack of ‘political will’ to curb it. Dube said in most of their studies his organization has found that corruption has become ‘a way of life’ in Zimbabwe.

According to Afrobarometer graft is bad for democracy because people who ‘perceive higher levels of corruption within state institutions and those who have engaged in petty corruption’ are more likely not to value democracy. On the economic front corruption is known to discourage investment as it increases the cost of business and uncertainty over profits.

According to this week’s Financial Gazette corruption is more costly to the poor as low-income households spend as much as two to three percent of their income on bribes. The paper added that the African Union has estimated that in the 1990s corruption cost African economies about $148 billion per annum.


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5 comments on “Zimbabwe ranked third most corrupt country in Africa
  1. die groot wit app says:

    so where is the news???

  2. DL says:

    Only third? Come on now, we can make it to number one if we try a little harder!

  3. Saddened says:

    How much more inflow into the so called budget if corruption was curbed!!! Many civil servants don’t need an increase they have taken it for themselves!

  4. No. Joint most with Angola equatorial guinea Congo etc etc too many rotten apples competing for top honours

  5. DRY WINE says:

    NAUSETTING! Even management at state companies and ministries are now awarding themselves contracts to supply goods and servives using shelf companies they own.

    That is why the massive imports bills the country has to pay. Then ZESA charges 12c/kwh yet the cost of generation is averaging 2C/kwh. The 10c is funding massive corruption to the party and shefs

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