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Tanzanians commend government performance on corruption but say people who report corruption risk retaliation

24 May 2022 Tanzania
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Key findings
  • More than three-fourths (77%) of Tanzanians say corruption in the country decreased during the year preceding the survey, including 33% who say it decreased “a lot” (Figure 1).
  • Among key public institutions the survey asked about, the police are most widely perceived as corrupt (Figure 2). Almost one in four citizens (23%) say “most” or “all” police are involved in corruption, while 41% say “some of them” are. About one in 10 respondents say most/all judges and magistrates (11%), civil servants (10%), and tax officials (9%) are corrupt.
  • More than eight in 10 Tanzanians (83%) say the government is performing “fairly well” or “very well” in the fight against corruption (Figure 3).
  • Six in 10 Tanzanians (62%) say people face the risk of retaliation or other negative consequences if they report acts of corruption to the authorities (Figure 4).

Most Tanzanians say the level of corruption in the country decreased over the past 12 months, the most recent Afrobarometer surveys shows.

An overwhelming majority of citizens say the government is doing a good job of fighting corruption.

Even so, many Tanzanians see corruption among the police and other public servants, and a majority say citizens risk retaliation or other negative consequences if they report incidents of corruption.