ZIMBABWE has slipped further into the league of the most corrupt countries in the world, moving to 114 out of 146 on a score of 2,3, Transparency International has reveal
ed in its annual report.
In 2003 Zimbabwe was ranked 106th.
The scores reflect perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people and country analysts. The scores range from 0 (highly-corrupt) to 10 (highly-clean).
Botswana is the only sub-Saharan African country with a better ranking with a score of 6 and ranked 31st.
South Africa is seen as one of the “cleanest” countries in Africa with a 4,6 score and is ranked 44th.
Out of the 25 countries with the lowest Corruption Perception Index (CPI), nine are in Africa.
Mauritius is ranked number 54 with a score of 4,1 while Tunisia is at number 39 with a score of 5.
The worst rated nation in southern Africa is Angola on number 133 with a 2,0 score tied together with the Ivory
Coast and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Oil-rich Nigeria is the most corrupt country in the world. It occupies the 144th slot with a 1,6 score.
Transparency International said Zimbabwe’s economy has been persistently stripped of its assets by corruption in the private and public sectors.
It said that over the past years the chaotic land reform process that led to the virtual collapse of the agricultural sector has driven the crisis.
“This in turn precipitated a chain reaction as Zimbabwe ran out of basic commodities such as fuel, foreign currency and foodstuffs,” TI said.
“With an inadequate legal infrastructure to contain the problem with formal structures, the result has been a parallel, informal market that is a haven for corrupt activities. Substantial amounts of local and foreign currency have been externalised illegally. Observations on the ground suggest that corruption has drastically increased over the past year and it is being held officially responsible for the socio-economic conditions that have bedevilled Zimbabwe since the late 1990s.”