DAR ES SALAAM (Xinhua) --
Tanzania has been ranked number 103 out of 180
countries included in the global corruption perceptions index
for 2017, said a report by Transparency International (TI)
released on Thursday.
The index awarded
the east African country a score of 36 points which was a slight
improvement from 2016 and 2015 where the country registered a
score of 32 and 30 points, respectively.
comes second in the east African bloc ahead of Kenya and Uganda
which are at positions 143 and 151 in the index which ranks
countries on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
Rwanda leads the
pack among countries within the East African Community (EAC)
with a score of 55 at position 48 while the troubled country of
Burundi tails the region as the worst performer in the graft
perceptions index posting 22 points at position 157 in the
According to the TI,
New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88
respectively while Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest
with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively.
indicate that best performing region is Western Europe with an
average score of 66 while the worst performing regions are
Sub-Saharan Africa (average score 32) and Eastern Europe and
Central Asia (average score 34).
“No activist or
reporter should have to fear for their lives when speaking out
against corruption. Given current crackdowns on both civil
society and the media worldwide, we need to do more to protect
those who speak up,” said Patricia Moreira, the Managing
Director of Transparency International.
results of the index, Transparency International has urged
governments and businesses to do more to encourage free speech,
independent media, political dissent and an open and engaged
civil society to curb corruption.
It has also
recommended governments to minimize regulations on media,
including traditional and new media, and ensure that journalists
can work without fear of repression or violence also calling
upon civil societies to promote laws that focus on access to
“This access helps
enhance transparency and accountability while reducing
opportunities for corruption. It is important, however, for
governments to not only invest in an appropriate legal framework
for such laws, but also commit to their implementation,” said
the global civil society organization leading the fight against
Since assuming the
office in November 2015, President John Magufuli has been
instrumental in waging war on graft and reducing unnecessary
His crusade on
corruption also saw a number of government officials getting
sacked while prominent businessmen were put on trial for their
involvement in the vice.