Zambia’s corruption perception worsens on latest Transparency International index

Zambia’s ranking on the Transparency International’s 2020 corruption perception index-cpi- has dropped further by one point from 34 in 2019 to 33 in 2020.

And the country has also dropped from 133 out of 180 countries in 2019 to 117 in 2020.

Speaking at the CPI Transparency International Zambia TIZ launch in Lusaka this morning, organisation president Sampa Kalungu said the drop entails that corruption in Zambia deteriorated over the course of last year.

Kalungu also expressed concern that the 2020 cpi shows a steady decline in fight against corruption since 2013 suggesting that corruption has become endemic in Zambia.

He noted that some of the some of the notable cases in the public sector such as the mismanagement of K1.3 billion covid-19 funds and the dubious awarding of a $17 million honey bee pharmacy scandal both at the ministry of health as some notable cases in point among many others mainly generated through loopholes in public procurement. Zambia has been steadily dropping its cpi ranking since 2013.

Meanwhile Zambia’s annual inflation rate for January, 2021 has increased to 21.5 percent from 19.2 percent recorded in December 2020 representing a 2.3 percentage increase.

Speaking during the monthly briefing in Lusaka this morning, Zambia Statistics Agency (Zamstats), interim Statistician General Mulenga Musepa attributed the increase in the annual rate of inflation to price increases in food items.

Musepa said on average, prices of goods and services increased by 21.5 percent between January 2020 and January 2021.

He further said the annual food inflation rate for january, 2021 was recorded at 25.6 percent compared to 20.2 percent recorded in December 2020, an increase of 5.4 percentage points while the annual non-food inflation rate for january 2021 was recorded at 16.7 percent, down from 18.1 percent in december 2020.

Meanwhile, Musepa said total trade for the period January to December, 2020 was K241.89 billion while that of 2019 was k183.20 billion, representing a 32.0 percent increase.

(Phoenix News)

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