How Tanzania fights graft

Davos-Klosters, SWITZERLAND: VICE-PRESIDENT Dr Philip Mpango has stated that Tanzania has successfully reduced corruption levels through the implementation of various measures, such as enhancing administrative institutions.

The Vice-President emphasised the importance of strong leadership and the involvement of society and stakeholders at the school level in efforts to combat the issue.

Dr Mpango made these remarks while participating in a plenary discussion on good governance and combating corruption at the ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. He is representing President Samia Suluhu Hassan.

He said that corruption has become a huge challenge for, with negative impacts at both national and international levels.

In light of Tanzania’s experience in combating corruption, the Vice-President stated that the government has enhanced administrative institutions, such as the Office of the Controller and Auditor General, by allocating financial and human resources, providing equipment and building capacity in utilising modern technology to track government expenditure.

He also said that the government has continued to strengthen the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau. They have established a monitoring system from the National Assembly through various committees, such as the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Local Authority Accounts Committee (LAAC), which monitor government expenditure.

The VP stated further that considering the government’s involvement in significant procurements, the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority has been strengthened to address corruption in procurement processes. He also mentioned that in Tanzania, different stakeholders and individuals are monitoring government spending and corruption trends through the use of private institutions.

Dr  Mpango explained that reports from private organisations help to identify the prevalence of corrupt practices, allowing for the development of strategies to combat these issues.

He said that advancements in technology and increased transparency in investment processes, especially in the mining sector, have helped to reduce acts of corruption.

The 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index, released last year, indicated that Tanzania scored 38 out of 100 points, making it the second least corrupt country within the East African Community (EAC).

According to Transparency International (TI), the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks Tanzania at 94 globally, dropping one point from the previous year.

Tanzania, however, managed to maintain its streak in the CPI by repeating a similar feat from 2020.

The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories around the world based on their perceived levels of public sector corruption. Rwanda is ranked 54th globally and first in the region as the least corrupt nation, scoring 51 out of 100, up from the previous score of 53.

Kenya comes third in the region and 123rd globally, scoring 32 out of 100. Uganda scored 22 points, placing it at 142nd globally and fourth in the region.

Burundi comes in fifth place, with 17 points compared to the previous 19. It is ranked 171st globally, according to Transparency International’s findings.

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