The Namibian (Windhoek)

6 December 2012

Namibia: Nation Still Has Corruption Label

NAMIBIA continues to have a “serious problem” with corruption in the eyes of the world, a new report by Transparency International showed yesterday.

The watchdog gave Namibia a score of 48 in its 2012 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), the country’s best in a decade, but still below the 50-point threshold which labels it as corrupt.

The CPI scores countries on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). “While no country has a perfect score, two-thirds of countries scored below 50, indicating a serious corruption problem,” Transparency International said.

Namibia has been unable to reach a score of 50 and above since 2003. It managed to stay above 50 from 1998 to 2002, with its all-time high of 57 reached in 1998.

It’s 2012 score of 48 mean Namibia was ranked 58th out of 178 countries worldwide on the CPI, slipping one place from last year.

Transparency International yesterday said “after a year with a global focus on corruption, we expected more governments to take a tougher stance against the abuse of power”.

The CPI results demonstrate that there are still many societies and governments that need to give a much higher priority to this issue, the watchdog said.

“Corruption destroys lives and communities, and undermines countries and institutions. It generates popular anger that threatens to further destabilise societies and exacerbate violent conflicts,” it said.

Transparency International said governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all aspects of decision-making.

“They must prioritise better rules on lobbying and political financing, make public spending and contracting more transparent, and make public bodies more accountable,” the watchdog said.

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