Togolese claim the police, judges and magistrates are the most corrupt (report)

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Friday, 12 July 2019 17:18
Togolese claim the police, judges and magistrates are the most corrupt (report)

(Togo First) - Most (57%) Togolese believe corruption has increased over the past 12 months in the country. This was revealed in the latest corruption perception index published by German NGO, Transparency International, on July 11, 2019.

Still according to the report, 32% of the population claim they had to pay bribes to get administrative documents. Also, while 68% of the surveyed population said authorities’ efforts to mitigate corruption are insufficient, 61% said the government faltered in its resolve to eradicate the phenomenon. It thus appears that all sensitization campaigns carried out by the Higher Authority for Prevention against Corruption and Related Offenses (HAPLUCIA), as well as the government’s reforms to improve transparency, have not changed how the people perceive public administration. Actually, citizens say police forces are the most corrupt, alongside judges and magistrates.

This is a trend that spreads throughout the whole sub-Saharan African region. Indeed, in 2018, the region obtained the worst score on the corruption perception index, an average of 32 on a scale of zero (very corrupt) to 100 (very clean).  

In Togo however, all was not bad. Truly, compared to 2015, less people believe officials are corrupt. In 2018, 34% of the surveyed said the public servants are corrupt, as against 58% five years ago.

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