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Mozambique’s Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), a non-governmental organisation, said on Wednesday that criminal measures to combat corruption were lacking in the country, in commenting on the results of the 2021 Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International (TI).
“With an incipient anti-corruption penal reaction, Mozambique does not take off for the better in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI),” the CIP said in a statement.
After scoring 25 points in 2020, last year Mozambique “moved up only one place in the index, having scored 26 points, on a scale of 0 to 100,” the CIP notes.
The TI index was released on Tuesday in Berlin.
According to CIP, “the rise of one point does not reveal major changes in perceptions” and reveals stagnation.
“Mozambique is practically stationary, below 30 points (in 2015), occupying place 147 in a ranking where the most corrupt in the world occupies place 180,” it concludes.
Transparency International has warned Mozambique that there must be concerted efforts to support “transparency and accountability” to stop the country entering a “downward spiral,” in the words of Mokgabo Kupe, its advisor for southern Africa.
The Corruption Perception Index ranks 180 countries and territories by the levels of perceived corruption in the public sector, on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 points (free of perception of corruption).