Research has revealed that about 90 per cent of Tanzanians believe corruption has declined in the past two years with President John Magufuli at the helm compared to five years ago.
The research brief titled The Untouchables? Tanzanians’ Views and Experiences of Corruption, released by Twaweza based its finding on the 1,705 respondents who were interviewed from the mainland between July and August.
The respondents also said they are less likely to be asked for bribes in 2017, compared with 2014.
The survey has however revealed that there is a two per cent rise in the number of people who had to give a bribe in order to get a job during President Magufuli’s administration.
About 34 per cent of the respondents said they were asked for a bribe by an employer in 2014, while 36 per cent reported the same in 2017. About 63 per cent of the respondents were optimistic about the possibility of ending corruption compared with 51 per cent in 2014.
The police and courts still lead in corruption, with 39 per cent saying they were asked for a bribe in their last interaction with the police and 36 per cent in the courts.
According to the survey though, fewer than 20 per cent report being asked for a bribe in sectors like land, health and water. The people who were forced to give a bribe over land issues dropped from 32 per cent in 2014 to 18 per cent this year.
Tanzania’s President Magufuli nicknamed “the bulldozer” has been seen as an anti-corruption crusader. He came into power in November 2015 and has embarked on a clean-up campaign. Public officials involved in corrupt deals have been fired.
The east African nation is ranked 116th in the Transparency International’s corruption index and scored 31 points in 2014, 30 points in 2015 and 32 points in 2016.