THE Zambia Police Service and the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) are leading public institutions in corruption, the latest Zambia Bribe Payers Index (ZBPI) has revealed.
The 2012 Index report which was released in Lusaka yesterday ranks the two institutions in first and second places respectively on the 16-log index which has the Patent and Companies Registration Office (PACRA) as the least institution involving bribery cases.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) released the report.
Public institutions that followed were the Ministry of Health, the National Registration Office, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, the Zambia Revenue Authority, Zesco, the judiciary (courts), passport office and local authorities.
Others were the Ministry of Education, the Immigration Department, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Ministry of Communication, Works, Transport and Supply, ZAMTEL and PACRA on the tail.
A summary of the findings revealed that the overall aggregate bribery score had reduced from 14 per cent in 2009 to 9.8 per cent in 2012.
TIZ president Lee Habasonda said while it was disappointing that the police still ranked number one as the most corrupt institution, it was gratifying to note that they were the most improved in terms of reduction of bribery institution.
Mr Habasonda said it was disappointing that RTSA had moved up the ladder in terms of corruption to rank second.
In 2009 RTSA was ranked fourth, the Ministry of Health was ranked sixth, while the National Registration Office was ranked second, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources was third.
“We have, however, noted that the more an institution relates or has an interface with the general public, the more likely they are to be reported as corrupt and while this is acknowledged, these indicators, as contained in the 2012 ZBPI, are a source of concern,” he said.
The report also made a comparison between President Michael Sata’s Government in the fight against corruption with that of late President Levy Mwanawasa, in which it stated that the current Government exhibited less seriousness but that there was room for improvement.
But compared to former President Rupiah Banda’s administration, the PF Government was performing better.
“We implore the PF Government to take this report with humility, good faith and goodwill for the betterment of their own record as a Government in the fight against corruption,” he said.
Secretary to the Cabinet Rowland Msiska in a speech read for him by Permanent Secretary for administration, Anna Mwewa, said information generated from the survey was helpful in understanding the supply side of corruption .