Afrobarometer Ranks Zimbabwe Third Most Corrupt African Nation

via Afrobarometer Ranks Zimbabwe Third Most Corrupt African Nation by Jonga Kandemiiri 13.11.2013 VOA Zimbabwe 

A report released in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday by Afrobarometer shows that corruption is on the rise in most African countries, with Zimbabwe rated as the third most corrupt country in Africa at 81 percent, behind joint leaders Nigeria and Egypt at 82 percent.

Afrobarometer interviewed more than 51,000 people in surveys between October 2011 and June this year. Fifty-six percent of the people interviewed said their governments have done a “fairly” or “very bad” job fighting corruption, while just 35 percent said their governments have done “fairly” or “very well”.

Corruption in Zimbabwe increased by 43 percent between 2002 and 2012, according to Afrobarometer.  “The highest negative ratings are given by people from Nigeria, Egypt and Zimbabwe whilst the lowest negative ratings are given by people from Malawi, Lesotho and Botswana.”

The report says across the 34 countries, perceptions of corruption are highest for the police, followed by government officials and tax officials. Officials in the office of the presidency are perceived to be the least corrupt.

The Afrobarometer surveys also found that almost 1 in 5 people (16%) have

paid a bribe one or more times to a government official in the past year in order to get an official document or permit.

“Paying a bribe to get medical treatment as well as avoid a problem with the police were the other two most cited reasons. Nearly one in three Africans (30%) has paid a bribe at least once in the past year.”

At the same time, the organization said corruption also appears to be bad for democracy. “People who perceive higher levels of corruption within their state institutions, as well as those who have had to engage in petty corruption, are more likely to be “not at all” or “not very” satisfied with the way democracy works in their countries”

Afrobarometer project manager, Anyway Chingwete, said they managed to carry out their surveys in 34 out of Africa’s 54 countries because some were not easily accessible.

“We were targeting respondents aged 18 and above and also what we did was to make sure that we balance in terms of gender, so 50 percent were males and 50 percent were females,” said Chingwete.



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    Rudadiso 9 years ago

    Mugabe is going to be thrilled. Taking the number 3 slot is no mean achievement when you are 90 years old.

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    Bloody western racists , Come to zimbabwe and see for yourselves non of this is true.Zimbabwe is the bread basket of africa and all is well.Read the herald newspaper and speak to any zanupf and you will see.

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      Boss MyAss 9 years ago

      You are joking, right ?

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      Chivulamapoti 9 years ago

      The people are fat, fed and all employed. The hospitals are well staffed, stocked and spotless. The schools are humming with children learning, plenty of well paid teachers and staff. The roads are wonderful, as is the railways network, the waterways and forests. Yes, come and see for yourself, Zimbabwe is Great ha! ha!

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    Boss MyAss 9 years ago

    If not us, which country is the most corrupted? We need further improvement………………

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    Boss MyAss 9 years ago

    Zimbabweans are still deprived of basics like clean water, food, and medicine. If you know anyone or you are one of the victims of this corruption, get organised and demand your money back from the unscrupulous government officials, business people or politicians.The poor will get poorer. The politicians and corrupt government officials are smiling all the way to the bank.The sale of state-owned property and privatization invites large scale corruption because top officials in government seize the opportunity to buy state property at very low prices.Probably the single most important factor that brings about corruption is the social conditions in a country. No food, no money, no education, no water, no electricity, no roads, no lights, no freedom, no human rights, no dignity, no future, no respect, no self-esteem, no civilization, no beliefs, no ethics, no common sense, no moral values, no principles. I am proud black racist, living with fear, xenophobia, corruption, surrounded by beggars, wise guys, savages, simpletons. I have no history, I expect nothing, I am nothing, and I am the global disgrace.

    Even those who call themselves open-minded will speak condescending blanket statements about members of groups with differing views.As a culture, we seek to determine who is right, and who is wrong. We punish the one we judge as wrong, reward the one we see as right. This is the mentality that drives our excessive lawsuits. We teach our children the five paragraph essay, where we tell them you must pick a side. We tell them they failed if their essay validates more than one side. To pass they must chose only one side as right, and the other as wrong. We pass laws and regulations, and go to war against those we have determined to be wrong, or “evil” as George W. calls them. We frequently look at those who are down and out and say, “He must deserve it,” or “God is punishing him for what he has done wrong.” We look at those who have amassed great wealth and say, “he must be great/ be talented/ have good business sense, have produced the best product, ….”What we are not doing is solving problems. We are not teaching our young to resolve conflicts. We are not acting to respect everybody involved. That only our “freedom” fighters can be heroes.
    It will not be easy to change our circumstances or move our country into a modern democracy because we have been psychologically complicit in creating a social system that does not respect our own needs and aspirations. Our tyranny is manufactured by the people of Zimbabwe, for the people of Zimbabwe — that is the hardest fact to accept. You see, dictatorships can only arise and flourish where very specific conditions are met. Critical to an effective dictatorship are people with a low self-esteem and who have a victim mentality. People who believe it is outside them that change can emanate. In such instances, the political leadership must also meet these same conditions; they must have a destructive and incessant low self-esteem and must, therefore, put to good use all tools and forms of oppression to shield their egos and vulnerability.

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    Wow. Even worse than Angola and equatorial guinea?!