However, many African nations have been taken to task in recent years for widespread corruption. For example, a 2011 Gallup poll in Nigeria found that 94% of Nigerians think corruption is widespread in the government. What a shameful problem.
In January 2017, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son of Equatorial Guinea's president was on trial for corruption in France, accused of buying palatial Parisian properties and exotic cars with money plundered from his native country. The worth of the assets is put at $105 million.
Transparency International published article on the case in July 2017. Part of the lines stated "The trial of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, wrapped up this week in Paris. A verdict is expected at a later date. Witnesses testified about the challenging conditions facing citizens of Equatorial Guinea, as well as the need for France to stop itself becoming a haven for stolen assets."
Zimbabwe is an Africa country where corruption is one of the benefactors for a long time. Corruption in this country is experienced in many sectors, both in private and public offices. In politics, corruption is “heavy swimming” as average politicians cannot do without indulging in one corrupt practice to another before they win in any election. In fact, the less connected citizens of Zimbabwe are the one that suffers as wealth which is to be evenly distributed are being utilized by the top politicians alone.
In 2013, about 77% of the citizens of Zimbabwe said that corruption was very serious in the country (Transparency International, 2013). The corruption level in the country made the country the country the 9th most corrupt country in the year 2013. As if the estimate was not enough, 92% of the surveyed citizens of the country lamented that the police force of the country is corrupt.
Fight Against Corruption
Corruption is a burning national issue. We must all come together for our ‘fight against corruption‘.
By ‘corruption’ people usually mean actual bribery, nepotism, misuse of public money and other offenses like hoarding, profiteering, black-marketing and smuggling.
Corruption is rampant in various spheres of education, business, employment, election and marriage.
The lack of employment opportunity often depresses the job-seeker. As long as there remains an unbridgeable gap between the employment needs and employment opportunities, it remains difficult to get a job, and there would always be people to exploit their needs. Giving and taking bribes under false assurances is a common phenomenon in such a case.
This can be stopped either by refusing to pay any such illegal gratification or by bringing the matter to the notice of the Police authorities.
Election process is an area where corruption raises its ugly head. Electioneering in a country, where large sections of the electorate are illiterate, often get misleaded by the vote-seeker. This corruption can be fought if individual voters remain true to their conscience and vote-seekers bank on their worth and power of arguments rather than on weight of their purse.
Corruption has found its way at centers of Education. Nowadays, even non-academic people are seen around the academic world primarily in search of certificates. They in collusion with other money-minded people among Paper-setters, Examiners and Tabulators often make mockery of the examination system. This can only be avoided by rising the consciousness of individual to ‘fight against corruption’.
And the sphere where individuals need no help from outside to fight corruption is that of marriage. Grooms consider themselves to be a costly commodities. They demand for dowries.
The various form of corrupt practices such as, hoarding, profiteering, black-marketing and undue price-rise, etc. need to be stopped. People can form consumer-resistance group with his fellow consumers and then their united effort would be strong enough to curb the malpractices of the unscrupulous people. These victims should fight against corruption. The should explore their legal rights. If necessary, they would also get the help of the Police authorities in this matter.
In the case of smuggling of valuables and non-available goods, individual has very little scope to resist except taking a vow not to purchase any such smuggled good even if offered at a lower price.
We often blame the government for their failure in checking corruption. But it is time to realize that it is more a question of public morality, of individual conscience and initiative than efficient administration to eradicate all such vices and corruptions.
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