'Corruption on the increase in Zim'

HARARE - Whether you are a number one retailer or a humble street vendor, paying public officials a bribe may be the quickest way to get things done in Zimbabwe.

Afrobarometer investigators probing corruption in African countries found a paper trail of hundreds of suspect payments in Zimbabwe.

The damning probe has lifted the lid on a culture of corruption in Zimbabwe that many of its citizens take for granted.

Nearly one-third of Zimbabweans have been forced to pay bribes, including for medical treatment the research institute said.

“The poor’s experience with bribes in their day-to-day interactions with public servants is increasing social inequality and exacerbating the differences between the rich and the poor as the poor are the hardest hit,” the report says.

“They are more vulnerable to corruption than are their better-off peers, particularly in Zimbabwe with the rampant corruption.”.

The think-tank also notes corruption has increased in Zimbabwe.

“At the country level, experiences of corruption have declined in Nigeria, Senegal and Mali while they have increased in Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe,” the report says.

“With this, the bribe situation has shot up in Zimbabwe.”

Afrobarometer’s report comes in the wake of Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ)’s corruption report, which  implicated the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Registrar-General’s Office, football authorities and Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depots in shakedowns.

TIZ says 62 percent of Zimbabweans have paid a bribe to the education system, judiciary system, medical and health services, the police, registry and permit services, utilities, tax revenue and land services.

“Police, public servants and political parties seem as the most corrupt institutions in Zimbabwe, closely followed by the health sector and education sector,” said TIZ.

“The most common reasons for paying a bribe in Zimbabwe are to speed up things and to ensure that one gets services.”

Isis Mwale, a Harare-based economic analyst, said: “Civil servants are accepting bribes because their salaries are way below the poverty datum line so they are looking for alternative sources of income.

Government should cater for its workers or stop recruiting so many of them.”

Comments (6)

The grouind has been made fertile by the current economic situation. For example there are people on the waiting list to obtain perpaid metres for their homes. If the ZESA managementy was corrupt free they can easily check who now has and who hasnt going by the dates the application for the metres were made. It is an open scret that these metres go for about $350 and I can have one at my house today if I have the money. The trick is if you dont pay there are these thugs knocking at the gate to say ZESA has sent us to switch you off so that you can pay them so that they leave you. As we speak right now some have had their bills slashed some havent. Why? Tell Us Mr Fullard Gwasira

Esau Mangoya - 18 December 2013

African leaders are a stupid lot. They think they benefit from being corrupt but in the long run their corruption is the reason they will be forced out of power with nothing. Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (now DRC) was chased out of power by hungry soldiers who had not been paid for many months due to the massive theft of public funds by Mobutu and his cabal. The soldiers teamed up with rebels and in no time the old and ailing Mobutu was out of office and died whilst on the run.

Feldman Bandura - 18 December 2013

Fullard Gwasira you may need really to investigate that because ZESA is now being used as a vehicle of corruption. If there are no prepaid meters so where are those coming from. Why also up to now some of us have not got the reprieve others got? In zim even to get a burial order you need to pay, to get a service from the police or ZESA you have to pay but that money is not recepted and does not go to these organisations. If you don't pay you stay in darkness or your stolen goods will stay with the thief, or you will get the burial order next week.

Maita Manyuka - 18 December 2013

Guys this is simple, anyone with access to a voice recorder can record the conversation of the official & send it to this email zim4egypt@gmail.com . I guarantee you, we will sort them out by publishing on facebook. The advantadge is that the name will be written & your name wont appear. Its time to embarass such corrupt officials

Murozvi mukuru - 18 December 2013

The root cause of hyper-corruption in Zimbabwe is the Ngwazi Matinjili Matibili who has been presiding over the most corrupt Cabal in living History.Matibili is the Godfather of hyper-corruption in Zim ,he continues to loot the Marange diamonds with impunity,he continues to violently & fraudulently cling to the Presidency being propped up by fellow evil,corrupt Zanuiods namely Chombo,Chihure,Obert Mpofu,Chiyangwa.Ngwena Mnangagwa& Joyce Mujuru.

Dr ZVICHAPERACHETE - 19 December 2013

Defeat is bitter. So 31July can never be any different. Soe of understand how you guys are feeling!

godfrey gudo - 19 December 2013

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