HARARE - Zimbabwe has scored among the worst ranking of all 167 nations in a global league table of perceived official corruption, as public anger about graft soars amid the country’s crisis.
The index on State sector corruption, published by anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) yesterday, also showed other struggling sub-Saharan African countries scoring poorly.
Releasing its annual corruption perceptions index, Berlin-based TI urged African and other governments to try much harder to turn promises of fighting graft into action in areas such as public tenders, rule of law and tax evasion.
Out of 167 countries, Zimbabwe is ranked 150 on the 2015 TI Corruption Perceptions Index.
On the Index the most corrupt country in sub-Saharan Africa and the world is Somalia while Botswana is ranked the least corrupt in the region.
The average score for sub-Saharan Africa on the index is 33 out of 100, with Zimbabwe scoring only 21.
Indices for 2014, 2013 and 2012 show that Zimbabwe’s corruption score has not changed.
According to TI director of sub-Saharan Africa Chantal Uwimana, 2015 presented major problems for countries in the region with corruption hindering response processes.
Uwimana said 2015 presented a bleak future for the region with 40 of 46 countries listed showing serious corruption problems.
“Indicators for rule of law and justice score particularly badly. While some governments are reducing risks for business, there’s little change for citizens — as systemic corruption leaves many countries struggling to uphold basic rule of law.
“If corruption and impunity are to ‘be a thing of the past’ as the African Union stated, governments need to take bold steps to ensure rule of law is the reality for everyone,” she said.
TI also revealed that more than 6 billion people live in countries with serious corruption problems, with two in three countries scoring below 50.
The index also showed that 53 percent of G20 countries score less than 50 which indicated serious corruption.
“The human cost of corruption is huge, yet all too often leaders with notoriously corrupt records continue to enjoy lives of luxury at the expense of people living in grinding poverty. It’s time they faced the consequence of their actions,” TI said in its report.