Opposition parties among the least trusted institutions in Africa- survey


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Opposition parties are among the least trusted institutions in Africa with only 35 percent of those surveyed in 34 African countries saying they trusted them, a survey released by Afrobarometer this week showed.

The army was the most trusted institution garnering 67 percent followed by the president with 61 percent.

Zimbabwe was one of the countries included in the survey.

Courts of law scored 59 percent followed by the police at 53 percent. Parliament was a notch down at 51 percent and was at par with the electoral commission.

Less than half the people had trust in the ruling party, at 48 percent, followed by the elected local government council at 47 percent and the tax department at 41 percent.

The survey which focused on corruption in the police showed that Algerians trusted their police the most with 82 percent vouching for them while only 16 percent of the Nigerians trusted their police.

In Zimbabwe only 48 percent trusted the police, slightly lower than South Africa where 49 percent trusted them.

Namibia scored the highest in the region with 76 percent saying they trusted their police.

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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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