TANZANIA has gone up one place in corruption ranking according to the newly published East African Bribery Index (EABI).
The index shows Tanzania having moved from 31.6 per cent, a third place in 2011, up to 39.1 per cent, a second corruption prevalence rank this year. However, East African neighbours, Uganda beats all regional partners in the vice, ranking 40.7 per cent. It has moved one step up from second position, at 33.9 per cent, last year.
While Burundi seems to improve from the previous first position at 37.9 per cent to fourth at 18.8 per cent, Kenya has moved up from fourth position at 28.8 per cent to third position at 29.5 per cent in 2012. Rwanda is once again ranked fifth with a bribery prevalence of 2.5 per cent down from 5.1 per cent last year.
As for the most affected sectors, the police in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya retain the highest corruption aggregate index with respective rankings of 85 per cent, 82.9 per cent and 71.7 per cent.
Other sectors following the police, in descending order of aggregate rankings are land services in Kenya, 70 per cent, Judiciary and Police in Burundi, 63.3 per cent each, Judiciary in Tanzania, 45 per cent and Judiciary in Uganda, 44 per cent.
Like the 2011 EABI, the Police and the Judiciary are the only Tanzanian agencies ranked among the top ten worst institutions in East Africa. For the third year running, the survey did not record enough bribery reports to formulate an index for Rwanda. The bribery reports recorded for most of the institutions were statistically insignificant to form a reliable basis for ranking.
The East African Bribery Index is a governance tool developed to measure bribery levels in the private and public sectors in the East Africa member states.