Zimbos too scared to report graft, survey

WHILE Zimbabweans are of the belief that corruption is on the rise in the country, they are afraid of confronting the scourge or reporting it, a survey by renowned think-tanks Mass Public Opinion Institute and Afrobarometer, has revealed.

The survey carried out in the later part of 2014 also shows that Zimbabweans are dissatisfied with government efforts to combat graft.

“Majority of adult Zimbabweans believe the level of corruption in the country has increased over the past year. Coupled with this is the public sentiment by a large majority that the Government is doing poorly in its fight against the corruption scourge. Further, for a variety of reasons including fear of adverse consequences, incidents of corruption are underreported,” the report said.

Among key findings on the matter, are that about two thirds of citizens agree government is doing badly in its efforts to fight corruption seen as a key issue in the decision by international investors to keep out of the country.

“More than two-thirds of adult Zimbabweans (68%) believe the level of corruption has increased ‘somewhat’ or ‘a lot’ over the past year.

“The government gets poor marks in its handling of the corruption scourge. Up to 80% say government is doing ‘badly’ or ‘very badly’ in fighting corruption; only 17% give the government good grades, saying it has performed ‘very well’ or ‘fairly well’ in combating the vice,” the survey said.

According to the report Zimbabweans are afraid of reporting corruption.

“A quarter (25%) of survey respondents are apprehensive about reporting incidents of corruption because of consequences,” said Afrobarometer and MPOI.

Most state institutions in Zimbabwe have in the past few years consistently appeared on international think tanks lists of most corrupt state agencies among them the police and the central vehicle inspectorate.

According to the report Afro barometer team in Zimbabwe, led by Mass Public Opinion Institute, interviewed 2,400 adult Zimbabweans in November 2014 with a margin of error of +/-2% at a 95% confidence level.

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