There has been a slight decrease in bribes given to public officials, according to the 2022 Zambia Bribe Payers Index.
The Index also showed that the Zambian Police traffic division had less corruption and bribery than the Ministry of Health, which received the most bribes in 2022, followed by the Road Development Agency.
And PATRICK KANGWA, secretary to the cabinet, claims that the decline is evidence of the efforts made by the administration, including the implementation of an integrity committee in both public and private institutions.
Speaking at the 2022 Zambia Bribe Payers Index launch, Mr. KANGWA pledged that the government will work to end corruption in public procurement.
In addition, Anti Corruption Commission -ACC Board Chairperson MUSA MWENYE stated that one obstacle to the battle against corruption is the fear of reporting cases to the appropriate offices in response to the presentation of the Zambia Bribe Payers Index Report.
According to Mr. MWENYE, the commission is working to tighten the whistle blower statute so that anyone can disclose instances of corruption without repercussions.
Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has stated that a thorough assessment of corruption in the nation is required in order to implement effective interventions to combat the vice.
RAYMOND MUTALE, the TIZ Programmes Manager, added that one strategy for eliminating corruption is personal engagement.
Earlier, TIZ Executive Director MAURICE NYAMBE urged the government to develop anti-corruption initiatives using the results of the 2022 Zambia Bribe Payers Index.