Tanzanians see increased corruption, ineffective fight against it


A majority of Tanzanians say that the level of corruption in the country has increased over the past year, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.

The police, tax officials, and judges and magistrates perceived as the most corrupt. Citizens’ rating of the government’s handling of the fight against corruption has improved slightly since 2012 but still remains mostly negative – and far more negative than a decade ago. Tanzanians
laud news media’s effectiveness and show considerable support for the role played by the media in exposing corruption.

These results come at a time when the Tanzanian public is eagerly monitoring how the government is responding to the latest grand corruption scandal. Early last year, the media reported that hundreds of billions of shillings were siphoned from the Tegeta Escrow account at the Bank of Tanzania, leading to public outcry and suspension of donor assistance to the Tanzanian government. A parliamentary probe implicated key figures in the government, and Parliament passed a resolution calling for immediate actions against them.

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