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Corruption in Tanzania


Tanzania has been slipping down Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index, and now ranks 119th out of 175 countries. Evidence of official corruption has been mounting, raising fears that natural gas riches will fail to translate into wider wealth. That is not good news for a country ranked 159th out of 187 in the human development index.

Late last year, donors suspended $490m in general budget support after it was revealed that ministers had siphoned up to $180m from the central bank, using energy company escrow accounts.

“When this came out, people were watching it like the World Cup final. And now, people know how dirty and corrupt their leaders are,” said one international analyst, who did not want to be named for fear of retaliation for speaking out.

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