LEAST CORRUPT

Tanzania is the least corrupt state in East Africa, according to Transparency Internationals East African Bribery Index published on July 22 and quoted in the Guardian. In Rwanda however, corruption was insignificant.

The agency declared Burundi the most corrupt nation in the region. The survey was conducted among 10,505 respondents selected through random household sampling across all the administrative provinces in the five countries between January and March 2010. Burundi had a ‘corruption prevalence’ of 36% with Kenya at third position (45% in 2009 to 32% in 2010). Uganda came second at 33% while Tanzania was fourth at 28%. Key governance and enforcement institutions such as the police, judiciary and defence featured prominently in the index, as did institutions offering key services like health, education, housing and finance.

In the Aggregate Index for Tanzania there were some new entries including the Tanzania Ports Authority, the Registrar of Births and Deaths, the Prisons Service and the Department of Defence.

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