Tanzania ‘failed to improve’ on corruption index

Tanzania ‘failed to improve’ but still holds onto the title of second least corrupt country in East Africa. Photo: Daniel Hayduk

Tanzania remains the second least corrupt country in East Africa, but its score on a global corruption index has improved only slightly over last year.

The 2016 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index gives Tanzania a score of 32; placing it in 116th place out of 176 countries in the report.

In 2015, Tanzania scored 30 and came in 117th place.

“Some […] African countries have failed to improve their scores on the index. These include South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya,” says the report.

The report says leaders who take office on an ‘anti-corruption ticket’ need to ‘implement their commitments to the principles of governance, democracy and human rights.’

Rwanda ranked 50th globally coming in as the least corrupt country in East Africa.

Elsewhere in East Africa, Kenya ranked 145th, Uganda 151st, Burundi 159th and South Sudan 175th out of a possible 176.

“The global average score is a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption in a country’s public sector.”

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2 Comments on "Tanzania ‘failed to improve’ on corruption index"

  1. One difficulty with indexes like this, that are compiled based on data from other sources, is that they take 2-3 years for changes to show. CPI data published now (2017) draws on data from a range of other sources that was published during 2015 and 2016, much of which will have been collected no later than 2015. Almost none of the data used in this index can say anything about corruption in Tanzania in the last 18 months.

  2. peter chrispine mtani | January 26, 2017 at 09:13 |

    Since november 2015 to date when the 5th government in tanzania was elected we have seen outstanding efforts in fighting corruption to all preceeding regimes in fighting corruption but I wonder this is not reflected in the report.what is wrong with our country in terms of corruption.if that is the case therefore the underlying cause of corruption have not been dealt or your report is based on data you corrected some years ago excluding 18 months of current regime in power.

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