Body championing anti-corruption fight, CAAC, faults corruption perception report


Community Action Against Corruption (CAAC) Chief Executive Officer, Brightone Tembo, says the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report for the year 2023 is faulty in the wake of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) recent revelations.

Tembo said in a statement on Sunday that the FIC report for the last quarter of 2023 had vindicated Zambians who doubted the Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) CPI report.

The TIZ report indicated that Zambia had performed better in corruption fight for first time in 10 years.

“But as CAAC we questioned the validity of that report based on factors obtaining on the ground which didn’t match the projection of the CPI report,” he stated.

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For Tembo, there was no way a country which could not record suspicious financial transactions to a tune of US$2.8 billion in three months, as indicated by the latest FIC report, could post an improvement in its corruption standing.

From the foregoing, he argued that the CPI realesed by Transparency International annually was not a reliable tool in corruption fight because it did not depict reality as it lacked validity of a scientific survey.

“The FIC report is a very reliable tool in corruption fight, because it depicts actual corrupt activities in the country not perceived perception. The latest FIC report has cast more doubts on the CPI report,” Tembo said.

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