The latest corruption index by Transparency International (TI) has revealed that Zimbabwe is currently rated the 157th most corrupt country in the world out of 179 countries.
Zimbabwe and Honduras are tied at number 157 with a score of 24 each.
This means that only twenty-two countries in the whole world are worse than Zimbabwe on corruption. TI said in their report:
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.
Like previous years, more than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.
The data shows that despite some progress, most countries still fail to tackle corruption effectively.
The top countries on the CPI are Denmark and New Zealand, with scores of 88, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, with scores of 85 each.
The bottom countries are South Sudan and Somalia, with scores of 12 each, followed by Syria (14), Yemen (15) and Venezuela (15).
Zimbabwe made negative headlines last year when investigative journalists unearthed a massive COVID-19 corruption scandal which implicated the then health minister and state-owned drugs firm, the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm).
According to a report by ZimLive.com, the Zimbabwean government paid for COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) and test kits at inflated prices to Drax Consult SAGL and Namibia-registered Jaji Investments despite the companies not being registered with the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ), a legal requirement for all companies supplying the government