It is evident that corruption in African countries has turned out to be a global phenomenon that every country is suffering from. While it spreads faster than an epidemic, corruption and crime rates have tremendously increased in the last three decades. Even though some African countries have managed to regulate the magnitude of corruption, the corruption rate in Africa has skyrocketed in these countries. Triggered by poverty and greed, the majority of government officials are the culprits of corruption who are fond of siphoning government resources in most corrupt countries in Africa. Note that corruption has many negative effects as it can force the general public to indulge into crime as their only hope for survival.
Recent findings have shown the most corrupt countries in Africa. Let’s have a recap of these countries to know their level of corruption and rate of crime as per the statistics produced by the world corruption rates. Here is a list of the 20 most corrupt countries in Africa.
For many years now, this country has been the most corrupt and terrorized country in Africa. Since the country has the highest level of poverty, where government has the most corrupt officials, the general public has resorted to crime and terrorism. Somalia is one of the few African countries that use guerrilla-style warfare and for this reason; the country has been engrossed in wars and terrorism for a long time as the local people are the ones who are affected most. Due to high level of corruption and terrorism, it is not surprising to realize that the government supports public vending weapons and ammunition. Somalia is ranked as 180 least corrupt county out of 175 nations.
This is another country in Africa that has been engrossed in the jaws of corruption, terrorism, and warfare for many decades now. Regardless of having an active government, Sudan is being governed by gruesome war loads who will shamelessly spread terror and support looting of public resources in their country. While crime and murder tends to be common to the citizens of this country, corruption rate is always high. For this reason, Sudan is recognized as one of the most corrupt and terrorized nations not only in Africa but in the globe as well.
Burundi is one of the few African nations that have been able to create anti-corruption bodies successfully with the aim to fight corruption. Nevertheless, this has only increased the rate of corruption in the country. Since Burundi is in the heart for organized corruption in Africa, the country has managed to enter into the list of the most corrupt countries in Africa.
It is evident that no other nation has managed to break the record of the most corrupt county in Africa like chad. This is because they hold a world rank of 173 among the 183 countries for corruption. While the country has the highest level of poverty in the globe, Chad has been playing a vital role in the revolution of Sudan. Additionally, the country has subjected its citizens to severe depression by supporting excessive corruption.
Here is another country that has made its way to the list. For many years now, Zimbabwe has been recording a tremendous growth of corruption. According to the recent study, over 65% of local populace is fond of giving out bribes in one form or the other. Note that this is a significant increase from the findings that were conducted in 2001 which indicated that only 34% of the residents gave out bribe.
6. Equatorial Guinea
While it's among the wealthiest countries in the world, surpassing Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Italy combined, Equatorial Guinea has strived to enter into the latems, the process has not been successful.
18. South Africa
Corruption in South Africa is one of a kind since it entails a group of people using public resources for personal, improper favoritism, and bribery. The majority of the scandals that have emerged since 2016 links the former president Jacob Zuma and this has drawn a lot of attention to corruption in South Africa. However, the current president Cyril Ramaphosa, who is a prominent entrepreneur, has sworn to fight corruption and implement various anti-corruption initiatives.
As per corruption perception index, Malawi is one of the African countries that are almost losing the most significant investors if the government does not implement anti-corruption initiatives to fight corruption. While the country is known to have the strongest anti-corruption laws, organizations, and initiatives by non-government to accolade the government efforts, there is still a huge gap between the practice and law. For instance, civil society and media are two major sectors where the laws are clear to protect their independence and freedom, but the government tends to control them.
Numerous years of misuse of income from oil is the main reason why Gabon is in a high level of poverty. The majority of anti-corruption activists who try to act as whistleblowers for the missing millions have been harassed and jailed.
A United States Senate investigation has indicated that the former president Omar Bongo tool advantage of the loopholes in the US laws to transfer millions to bank accounts of American supplicants.