DAR ES SALAAM
(Xinhua) -- A recent survey has showed
that Tanzanians view their police as the most corrupt
institution in the east African nation.
view corruption as very common in some government sectors,
including politics, tax, land, education, local government and
water, according to the findings released on Tuesday by Twaweza,
a ten year initiative to promote access to information and
better service delivery in East Africa.
The findings show that 94 per cent of Tanzanians said
there was corruption in the police, 91 per cent said there
was corruption in politics, 82 per cent in health, 80 per
cent in tax, 79 per cent in land, 70 per cent in education,
68 per cent in local government and 56 per cent in water.
"NGOs are also perceived to be corrupt by more than 50
per cent of citizens, the only sectors seen to be less
corrupt are business and religious organizations," said the
The findings were based on data from Sauti za Wananchi,
Africa’ s first nationally representative mobile phone survey
that polls households across mainland of Tanzania.
Aside from perceptions of corruption, Twaweza researched
when citizens were actually asked to pay bribes.
Again the police emerged as key culprits.
Three out of five citizens who have recently interacted
with the police reported that they were asked for a bribe.
"It is troubling that despite many efforts, citizens
encounter such high levels of corruption in their daily
lives and across so many different sectors, particularly
government services," said Rakesh Rajani, the head of
Zitto Kabwe, the chairman of the Parliamentary Public
Accounts Committee, said daily life in Tanzania was governed by
the corruption of public officials in services such as health,
education, agriculture and judicial system.
He suggested the establishment of Serious Fraud Office within
Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), which will
have legislative powers to investigate and prosecute all major
scandals done by public officials.