Police, business executives most corrupt in Gambia

Monday, December 03, 2018

A Public Release of Gambia Afrobarometer Round 7 Findings on Gambians Perception on Trust and Corruption in institution shows the police and business executives are perceived to be the most corrupt institutions in the country.

The report released last week shows the level of corruption as perceived by the public among institutions.

Respondents randomly selected across the seven regions across the country were asked: ‘How many of the following people do think are involved in corruption, or ‘Haven’t you heard enough about them to say?

Majority of the people, 38%, perceived the men in blue uniform to be the most corrupt people while 31% of them said business executives are the most corrupt people in the country.

Thirty-eight (38%) of the respondents say all or most of the police are corrupt, while 39% of them say only some are and 12% say none of them is.

The second most corrupt people according to the report are the men and women in suits – the business executives. It says 31% of all or most of them are corrupt, while 48% perceive them to be corrupt and only 11% think they are corrupt free.

Surprisingly government officials, according to the report came fourth in the standings with 23% of the respondents saying they are corrupt behind judges and magistrates who occupied the third place with 25% saying they are the most corrupt people in the country.

On the other hand, Traditional Leaders 15%, Members of Parliament 15% and Religious Leaders 11% are perceived to be the least corrupt people in the country.

The report also shows that almost half of Gambians perceived a decrease to certain extent, the level of corruption in the past year.

Forty-six (46%) of respondents perceived a decrease somewhat in the level of corruption? However, 32% said the level of corruption has in fact increased somewhat or a lot, while 15% say it remains as it was.

The report also indicates that 55% perceived the authorities to take action when corruption is reported.

According to the report, 39% risk retaliation when they report incidents of corruption and encouragingly, 66% say ordinary people can fight corruption.

The survey was conducted between July 23 to August 2018, and 1200 adult citizens participated across the seven regions with 51% male participation and 49% female. Among the respondents 68% are urban residents and 38% rural.

Author: Sankulleh Gibril Janko