Corruption on the rise - poll

15 July 2019 | Local News

Namibians are of the opinion that corruption has been on the rise in the last 12 months.

This is according to a recent index published by the Global Corruption Barometer on Friday. Of those surveyed, 78% of Namibians felt that corruption has increased in the previous 12 months while 11% felt that public service users received bribes in the same period.

The survey also found that 65% of Namibians found that government was doing a bad job of tackling corruption. Moreover, results indicate that 56% of Namibians felt that they can make a difference in the fight against corruption.

Ranking the results by institution, 27% of those surveyed felt that the president and prime minister were corrupt, 28% felt that members of parliament were corrupt, 30% felt that government officials were corrupt, 42% felt that the police were corrupt, while 40% felt that business executives were corrupt.

Transparency International earlier this year reported that Namibia had dropped one spot in sub-Saharan Africa in terms of score on Transparency International's latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

According to the 2018 CPI, released yesterday, Namibia scored 53 out of a possible 100. Although this is an improvement on the 51 points achieved on the 2017 CPI, the latest score places Namibia fifth in sub-Saharan Africa compared to fourth on the previous index.

In 2018, Namibia ranked behind Seychelles (score 66), Botswana (61), Cape Verde (57) and Rwanda (56). In 2017, the country was behind Seychelles (60), Botswana (61), as well as Cape Verde and Rwanda, both with 55 points.

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