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Zambia’s decline in corruption index worrying-Ministry of Justice

Columns Zambia’s decline in corruption index worrying-Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice has expressed concern with Zambia’s downward trend in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index, despite numerous efforts to correct the situation.

Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary for Administration Thandiwe Oteng says the country has put in place legal, institutional and social measures to reverse the trend.

Mrs Oteng said this in a speech read on her behalf by Ministry of Justice Director for Governance Yengwe Kakusa during the Ministry’s official opening of the 2021 Governance Annual Advisory Forum.

Zambia’s score on the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index has seen a drop in recent years from 34 in 2019 to 33 in 2020.

This means the country ranks 117 out of 180 countries in 2020 which is a decline by four places from 2019 where Zambia ranked 113 out of 180 countries.

Meanwhile Mrs. Oteng says her ministry is engaging citizens on the Copperbelt, Eastern and Southern Provinces, on various issues, in line with the promotion of good governance

Mrs Oteng further disclosed that this is being done together with the German Development Corporation under the Civil Society Participation programme.

And the Permanent Secretary says weaknesses in transparency and accountability are costly for the vulnerable in society.

“Our citizens today especially the vulnerable, including women and children are faced with high indirect costs and other potential liabilities associated with weak accountability and transparency in service delivery as well as limited participation in policy engagements,” Mrs. Oteng observed.

Speaking during the same occasion, GIZ Component Manager Johanna Strohecker says her organization is committed to helping Zambia achieve development through encouraging dialogue between government and civil society organizations.

“We have been supporting government and we have also been reaching out and engaging the civil society and this is a very good starting point to look at some of the crucial issues that need to be discussed. This constructive dialogue between state institutions and the civil society is important and our role as cooperating partners is to help create this space,” she said.

17 COMMENTS

  1. With rampant distribution of utusaka twandalama, it comes as no surprise at all.

    Expecting PiyeF00l to fight corruption is like feeding a lion and hoping it will eat you last – but eating you it will 🙁 🙁

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  2. And the minister is worried, wow, thousands of liters of CROCODILE TEARS! Hypocrisy at its finest!

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  3. TELL US ONE PERSON WHO HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR CORRUPTION IN THE PF GOVERNMENT????

    Ati government has put in place bla bla blah!

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  4. Like any other crime, it is the visible presence of law enforcers and the high possibility of arrest and conviction that is the greatest deterrent to crime. If people know that they can get away with it, they will do it. A Rwandan man once told me that in Rwanda people fear the President so much that they are afraid of attempting to corrupt or be corrupted. Do we have such fear in Zambia?

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  5. This disease of corruption was started during the privatisation era, which hh presided over. It is a deep sickness that we are trying to clean. A vote for hh means voting to bring to power this evil element

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  6. Lungu has never come out publicly to deny allegations that he is a corrupt theif , nor has he publicly challenged anyone to prove that he is a corrupt theif………..

    despite numerous times he has been called a corrupt theif…..

    There in lies your problem……..

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  7. YOU ARE JOKING, WHAT EFFORT, PF CADRES ARE NOW CARRY CASH IN OKWA BAGS AND TROLLEYS WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? IF THIS IS NOT MONEY LAUNDERING, THEN WHAT IS IT. IF I TRIED TO CARRY CASH IN OKWA BAGS OR KEEP IT AT HOME ROBBERS WOULDN’T SPARE ME, THEY WILL SMILE IT FROM THE SOURCE LIKE THEY DID TO KAMBWILE RECENTLY.

  8. PF HAS BEEN OFFERED A GLOBAL AWARD FOR CORRUPTION AT ITS BEST
    SO THANK YOU pf FOR PUTTING US ON THE WORLD STAGE
    I DONT THINK THERE IS A SINGLE PERSON WHO HASNT EXPEERIENCED CORRUPTION HERE

  9. @ KZ. Only a prostitutes son will spit it’s own vomit.

    You can’t comprehend the fact the corruption starts with convict lungu. This sw1ne has decimated the country by placing inept corrupt minister who are only interested in getting rich.

    Your hands are clean either. You will cry like a baby when prison awaits. I’ve told you countless times go watch shawshank

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  10. A fish rots from the head downwards. As PF Moto says: “Uubomba Mwibala Alya Mwibala”.GBM summed it up. If u want a big tummy like mine join PF to “eat”. So they are eating. Corruption is in PF’s DNA so the Corruption index says it all.

  11. Scouser between me and hh, I think it is hh who doesn’t know who his father is. So are you trying to tell us something about him being a prostitutes son?

    What prison and for what? That is why you tribal party will never win. To you you see winning as a way to effect tribal revenge. You motherfaka.

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  12. The deficit area is extemporization. The fight against corruption needs a lot drama. There is need to go physical, go all out to create a new mindset. In the area of prevention, it is the duty of ACC to be innovative. Take time to unleash the power of the media. Take time to raise awareness among the youth. Take time to stand firm in integrity.

  13. Hey KZ, have you been to Bellmarsh prison yet to see what the conditions are like there? After all it’s just around the corner from your UK diasporan address! And Boris Johnson will be very happy to lock you up for 25 years after August 12!

  14. You always blame HH for your short commngs but have failed to produce even an iota of evidence despite you running the government machinery. Shame on you

  15. “Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary for Administration Thandiwe Oteng says the country has put in place legal, institutional and social measures to reverse the trend.”-LT

    PF time out. Third term is not putting in place to fight corruption.

    “ROME — Pope Francis set a 40-euro ($48) gift cap for all Vatican employees Thursday and issued a new law requiring Vatican cardinals and managers to periodically report on their compliance with clean financial practices in one of his biggest efforts yet to crack down on corruption in the Holy See.”-Startribune

  16. ” Uubomba mwibala ,alya mwibala ” -Edgar C Lungu.

    Now you wonder why corruption in Zambia has taken deep roots even deeper than Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean?

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