Burundi most corrupt in East Africa, again

2011-10-22 08:33

Nairobi - Burundi is East Africa's most corrupt country for the second year in a row, with the region's police, revenue authorities and the judiciary rated as the worst offenders, a Transparency International (TI) survey showed on Friday.

Rwanda was ranked least corrupt in the five-member East African Community trade bloc, said the TI survey, released on Thursday.

Burundi had a bribery prevalence rate of 37.9%, from 36.7% in 2010, while Uganda had a rate of 33.9% from 33% last year. Tanzania's bribery rate rose to 31.6% from 28.6% previously.

Kenya, whose anti-corruption body is investigating a number of high profile graft cases, recorded a bribery prevalence of 28.8%, down from 31.9%. Rwanda fell to 5.1% from 6.6% in 2010.

"The police, revenue authorities and the judiciary across the different countries were poorly rated in the regional aggregate index," TI said. Police in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi appeared on the list of the ten most bribery-prone institutions in East Africa, it added.

The trade bloc is trying to market the five member countries jointly to potential investors. Graft is among the main concerns that businesses cite as a hurdle when setting up shop.

"The commitment shown by the East African countries to attract foreign investments and promote trade in the region may face challenges if corruption and other forms of public inefficiencies are not tackled," Transparency said.

"Improving governance practices therefore becomes an urgent imperative if the East African countries are to achieve developmental objectives," it said. "Confronting corruption occupies the core of such a response."

Most East African residents say they expect bribes - known as "kitu kidogo", or "something small" in Kiswahili - to be demanded from them to use most services and rarely report such incidents.

The index examines five indicators: likelihood of encountering bribery, prevalence of bribery, its impact, the average bribe size and the total value of bribes paid to an institution out of the total paid to all organisations.

The World Bank says increased costs for businesses due to corruption, as well as poor infrastructure or insecurity, are "invisible costs" that can hit competitiveness with other regions in the world.

The survey measures bribery levels in public and private sectors, and 12 924 respondents were interviewed in a random sample across the five countries between February and May.

Read more on:    transparency international  |  burundi  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You tend to feel more comfortable on an intellectual level. The deep emotional under current today can make you feel a little...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.