Is corruption in Zimbabwe getting worse?


Not really. Zimbabwe may have slipped from number 157 in 2017 to 160 out of 180 in 2018 but it has actually remained stagnant at 22 points for the past three years.

President Mnangagwa, who has promised to deal with corruption, therefore, still has a long way to go as the country has not moved one iota despite the arrests of several former ministers, a move some say is vindictive rather than genuinely trying to tackle the country’s worst scourge.

According to Transparency International, which released its Corruption Perception Index for 2018 on Monday, only eight out of 49 countries in Africa scored more than 43 points.

Countries are rated at 100 points going down.

The least corrupt country in the world was judged to be Denmark with 88 points but it has slipped from 91 points in 2015.

Zimbabwe was at 21 points in 2015.

The Seychelles scored highest in Africa with 66 points followed by Botswana and Cabo Verde, with scores of 61 and 57 respectively.

Somalia was stuck at the bottom for the seventh year in a row with only 10 points followed by South Sudan with 13.

Countries that improved their ranking are Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Gambia, Eritrea and Seychelles.

Those that declined are Burundi, Congo, Mozambique, Liberia and Ghana.

Transparency International said countries to watch are Angola, Nigeria, Botswana, South Africa and Kenya.

Top 10 African countries:

  1. Seychelles
  2. Botswana
  3. Cabo Verde
  4. Rwanda
  5. Namibia
  6. Mauritius
  7. Sao Tome and Principe
  8. Senegal
  9. Morocco
  10. South Africa

Bottom 10 African countries

  1. Somalia
  2. South Sudan
  3. Sudan
  4. Guinea Bissau
  5. Equatorial Guinea
  6. Libya
  7. Burundi
  8. Congo
  9. Chad
  10. Angola


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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