Cameroon(National Times)-In its latest Global Corruption Perception Index, the Anti-corruption Watchdog, Transparency International (TI) says Cameroon is one of the most corrupt countries in the world with its level of corruption more than that of Nigeria and Ghana put together.
According to TI, Cameroon scored 25 points out of 100 and on position 152 out of 180 countries surveyed in the world.
It was the same score in 2017 given the impression that nothing has changed in Cameroon in the fight against corruption and the promotion of democracy and human rights.
At the level of Africa, Cameroon is the 15th most corrupt country, while the most corrupt is Somalia scoring 10 points out of 100.
Most of the other countries below Cameroon are involved in conflicts like Eritrea with 24 points, DR Congo with 20 points, Burundi scoring 17 points, Sudan 16 points, South Sudan with 13 points and a host of others.
Despite the most heralded anti-corruption drive in Cameroon, TI has noticed that much has not changed especially with stalled democratic moves and the silencing of whistle blowers and journalists. Whereas, countries like Nigeria which used to be the most corrupt stands on position 144 scoring 27 points. Ghana has also been working hard to reduce corruption and it stands on position 78 scoring globally with a total score of 41 points. The greatest improvements in Africa is coming from Ivory Coast and Senegal which moved from 27 points in 2013 to 35 in 2018 and 36 points in 2012 to 45 points in 2018 respectively.
In the meantime, the least corrupt country in Africa is Seychelles on position number 28 globally with a score of 66 points on 100. It is followed by Botswana on position 34 globally scoring 61/100 points. According to TI these countries “have relatively well-functioning democratic and governance systems, which help contribute to their scores.”
However, in Cameroon corruption has remained the rule and almost statutory at all levels. In an investigative report last year, National Times News uncovered massive corrupt schemes in public schools which were known to all even the authorities. The recent presidential election also played to the disfavor of the country as the entire process was marred by gross irregularities which retrograde Cameroon’s democratic march and made it one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Moreover, in 2018, many journalists and human rights activists were either arrested or jailed because of their practices. Even the work of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (CONAC) has been limited at the level of denouncing without prosecuting which ensures that the corrupt freely practice their dirty games.
While in Ghana a documentary by investigative Journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas saw many football officials being forced to resign and sanctioned, the recent report by CONAC has only remained at level of news as nobody has been charged to court or arrested.