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Is Africa beating corruption?
John Githongo
The continent's anti-corruption bodies are often criticised for being weak and ineffective. But Nigeria's body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has just blown the cover on a fraud worth US$55m (£29.5m).

Are some African countries finally beating graft? Five African nations are in the top 10 of the organisation, Transparency International's, corruption perception index.

Kenya, which ranks 15 says it is beating graft. But Anglo Leasing, a scam unearthed by John Githongo - the country's former anti-corruption czar turned whistleblower - remains unsolved.

On a scale of one to 10, how serious would you say corruption is in your country? Would you like to see your anti-corruption authority in the dock? Do you have any examples of successful or seemingly 'never-ending' investigations? What would you do to clean up corruption?

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.


Your comments:

We are born as blank sheets, society then writes stuff to our heads and it affects our behaviour. Corruption is one of those things glued in many African heads. We need grace, education, good leadership and will in order to beat corruption. As for now Africans are struggling with it.
Jeje Mobali, United Kingdom

Fighting corruption in most African countries is just a sham. It is just one of those schemes to deviate people from the actual problem. Those commissions end up eating huge sums of taxpayers money for their inquiries have never had any results. They pay allegiance to the appointee. They themselves are corrupt. They are instead fighting for their own stomachs.
Ayamba Takang, Yaounde Cameroon

The EFCC corruption bust is a success. Corrupt politicians, civil servants, etc, now have to think twice, the culture of impunity has gone! It is no longer business as usual. This, to me, is a great achievement in a society where it used to be 'noble' to be corrupt. There is still a long way to go, though.
Muyiwa, Nigeria

In an attempt to fight corruption in Uganda, several Commissions of Inquiry were established only to be denounced later by other commissions set by the same authority. In 2003, the government instituted a commission headed by Justice J Ssebutinde to investigate fraud in the Uganda Revenue Authority, an apparent 'no go area'. While she was progressing with her report, another commission was established to investigate Ssebutinde's authenticity!. In Uganda, corruption rules the country. Everyone thinks of how best one can reap from a job before he loses that job. There is no hope that corruption will end in Uganda
David Otto Labeja, Gulu, Uganda

In the case of Zambia there is awareness but very little results. The problem is that the fight has been so politicised by the key suspects, politicians!.
Justine Chileshe, Lusaka, Zambia

Graft in Africa will never end. Its deep rooted into the system which we all know is institutionalised corruption. The only remedy to this phenomenon, is that we must position western personnel in every African country to monitor and control aid funds, as well as graft in general. By so doing, this will ensure funds reach the poor and that there is accountability. African governments will not be able to phase out graft because for many years government officials have benefited by confiscating donor funds, as well as embezzlement of their own resources.
Richard, Surrey, United Kingdom

In Cameroon corruption will never cease because the government are not taking any measures to fight in the way its being fought in Nigeria. The ruling government is a mess and all the top governments officials are corrupt. Once a man is appointed as a minister, he secures jobs for his family members in his ministry. In 1995 I went in for military recruitment and passed all the necessary tests but to my greatest dismay I was not recruited just because I had no godfather who could bribe officials to get me through. You will be an enemy to traffic cops if your car particulars are alright because you will not bribe them but you will be their friends if your car particulars are not up to date because you have to give one or two dollars in their palms to pave your way through. How can the government fight corrupt when the government itself is corrupt. To clean up corruption, an anti-corruption body must be formed to start from the top and impeach any minister found guilty of corruption
Aaron Anye, Johannesburg, South Africa

In South Africa, the scale would be a resounding 10. We have over 100 parliamentarians pleas bargaining the theft of taxpayers money for converting their travel vouchers to cash and nearly two thousand civil servants pleaded the same to stealing social grants meant for the poor. Seemingly every day, a scam involving a government department is exposed. All this corruption when millions of people in South Africa exist on a pittance. We have the highest AIDS population on earth and 40% of the adult population are out of work. Meanwhile, the government continues to steal and get away with it. They are uncaring and greedy.
Derek Hartry, Durban, South Africa.

Though we need to be shamed about it, corruption exists in every corner of this world. It is an open secret in many of the developing and under developed countries that for any transaction besides an official payment there is an equal or more amount transferred between the hands. African countries too suffer from high scale of corruption. I say more transparency in the government activities might work out to control white-collar corruption. While dealing with corruption there are two areas, identifying the corruption and action on the persons involved. Serious action against the perpetrators of corruption will surely pass a warning to all.
Manasalekhini Mbujimayi, DR Congo

Corruption is the worst evil facing Africa today. If drugs are scarce in our hospitals it is all because we have forgotten who we are and are eager to eat that which doesn't belong to us. We must fight it at whatever cost. However the international community must ensure that fighting corruption must mean fighting dissenting views. To answer your question, Malawi is trying and soon we shall overcome.
Kingsley Jika, Zomba, Malawi




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