President Kagame’s Rwanda is the only country to beat Tanzania, as the crippling matter is addressed
In some regions, it referred to as an occasional charitable gesture or daily bread. Corruption is an old-enemy to be conquered in the economic and political arena majorly in the governments of African economies.
When John Magufuli was elected President of Tanzania three years ago, one of his mandates was to reduce corruption cases in the government offices. His intolerance to corruption made him an iconic figure to be reckoned with not only domestically and regionally but worldwide as well. While few government officials would stand against such unpleasing behaviors, he has publicly declared war with the state of the State.
In 2014, the Tegeta Escrow Account scandal under the tenure of President Jakaya Kikwete was a blow to the government and country involving loss of $133 million. When President Magufuli came in, he made drastic changes to shake the operations of the nation to bring a palpable difference.
The president’s effort has borne fruits with the East African country announced as the second less corrupt country in the region, falling in the pecking order behind Rwanda. With more changes, Tanzania could pass landlocked country Rwanda, even as it continues to be a harbor of foreign investments.
Business incentives have surely lured investments into the growing economy with a polished regulatory framework as well flavoring the deal. The President emphasized the need for entertaining foreign companies to boost the economic development of the nation and the country’s GDP through production.
The East African Bribery Index (EABI), an annual survey that seeks to record the bribery experiences of citizens while seeking public services, published a report that indicated corruption in the regional bloc would only get worse and not better despite the strides undertaken by some officials.
The top corrupt countries in East Africa are Somalia, which also tops the list in the most corrupt countries in Africa, South Sudan the world’s youngest nation, Sudan, Eritrea, Burundi, Uganda, and Kenya in that order with Rwanda and Tanzania the least corrupt. Kenya, however, is gaining points as it seeks to alleviate the barriers to economic growth.
Since the establishment of the Economic, Corruption and Organised Crime Court, Division of the High Court of Tanzania corruption cases are addressed and dealt with accordingly. Few officials have sabotaged the corruption cases but the new order has tied them up.
The initiative should as well boost the morale of investors and local businessmen who can run their ventures without the fear of paying a bribe for short-cuts and microwave favors. President Magufuli made changes in the education sector, mining sector among other industries to inject new blood in the veins of the government of Tanzania.
Source: The Exchange