Zambia has witnessed a substantial improvement in its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) score, marking the first positive change in a decade.
The country’s score has risen by four points, shifting from 33 out of 100 in 2022 to 37 out of 100 in 2023. Additionally, Zambia has climbed 18 places in the global ranking, moving from 116 in 2022 to an impressive 98 in 2023.
The announcement came during the official launch of the CPI report, where Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary-Administration Mrs. Thandiwe Daka Oteng applauded the encouraging findings.
Mrs. Oteng emphasized the government’s unwavering commitment to combat corruption, calling the improvement a significant milestone reflecting Zambia’s dedication to zero-tolerance for corruption.
“The fight against corruption remains a crucial policy agenda since the inception of this administration,” she declared, highlighting key government measures such as the “Project Recovery” initiative to recover illicitly obtained assets, the establishment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Court for swift handling of corruption cases, and the enactment of the Access to Information Act No. 24 of 2023 to promote transparency.
ACC Director-General Thom Trevor Mr. Shamakamba expressed delight at Zambia’s improved CPI score, attributing the progress to various factors.
He cited Judicial Reforms, including the establishment of the Economic and Financial Crimes Court, as instrumental in enhancing justice and holding corrupt individuals accountable.
Mr. Shamakamba also highlighted the collaboration with the Judiciary to ensure the swift completion of corruption and financial crimes cases.
The establishment of Integrity Committees in workplaces, involvement of the private sector in anti-corruption efforts, and the development of a Bill on Asset Declaration for public office bearers were mentioned as crucial steps in fostering transparency and integrity.
The ACC Director-General announced upcoming initiatives, including the launch of an online anonymous whistleblowing system and a review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act of 2010 to strengthen legal protections for whistleblowers.
Mr. Shamakamba urged continued vigilance and commitment in the battle against corruption, emphasizing the ACC’s dedication to investigating and prosecuting corruption cases.