• Zambia Police Service is the best performer in terms of combating the bribery aspect of corruption.
• Only a few institutions out of the 22 surveyed recorded a reduction in the likelihood of paying bribes in 2022 compared to 2019.
• The recent Zambia Bribe Payers Index results have indicated a minimal reduction in the state of bribery in Zambia.
Transparency International Zambia (TI-Z) says the Zambia Police Service registered the highest reduction in the Overall Aggregate Index although being on top of the list in terms of probability of bribery in the 2022 Zambia Bribe Payers Index (ZBPI) findings released this week.
Organization Executive Director Maurice Nyambe explained in a statement that this implies that the Zambia Police Service is the best performer in terms of combating the bribery aspect of corruption.
Mr. Nyambe stated that only a few institutions out of the 22 surveyed recorded a reduction in the likelihood of paying bribes in 2022 compared to 2019.
“These include the Zambia Police Service – Traffic Section from 40.7 to 24.5, Road Transport and Safety Agency from 38.7 to 29.2, Zambia Police Service – excluding the Traffic Section from 59.5 to 55, Zambia Revenue Authority – Tax from 4.3 to 0.9, National Registration Office from 7.9 to 4.), Zambia Revenue Authority – Customs from 4.0 to 1.1 and the Passport Office from 4.8 to 3.2,” Mr. Nyambe explained.
He noted that the recent Zambia Bribe Payers Index results have indicated a minimal reduction in the state of bribery in Zambia, from an Overall Aggregate Index of 10.9 in 2019 to 10.1 in 2022, adding that the survey is highly accurate and is conducted jointly by the Anti-Corruption Commission and TI-Z.
“It has been the primary source of locally-generated evidence guiding our anti-corruption interventions and engagement with stakeholders for over a decade. We will be happy to engage with the Zambia Police Service or any other entity that has questions, to help them further understand any aspect of the survey.”
“Although we welcome constructive criticism, as it helps us improve the methodology and approach of the survey, the ZBPI methodology has a decade-old credibility of accuracy. We are therefore fully confident in the accuracy and reliability of the results,” he added.
Mr. Nyambe further explained that primary data was collected between May and July 2022 using face-to-face interviews, following three different components of the survey.
“The public procurement and suppliers’ survey comprising of 200 individual respondents registered as suppliers with the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) and key informants from 7 selected public institutions.”
“The main experiential and perceptual survey comprising of 2000 households sampled from across 20 districts, and the exit polls survey comprising of 446 respondents who were captured as they left 10 purposely selected public institutions,” Mr. Nyambe said.
On Tuesday 14th March, 2023, Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) and Transparency International Zambia released findings of the 2022 Zambia Bribe Payers’ Index Survey Report with Zambia Police having the highest probability of receiving bribes.