The Zambia Police Service has continued to top the list of public institutions were bribery is rampant, according to the 2014 Zambia Bribe Payers Index.
Among the top five institutions ranking high in bribery prevalence are local authorities, the Road Transport and Safety Agency, the ministries of Education and Agriculture, while the Passport Office, Hospitals, the National Registration Office and the Immigration Department have shown a decline in bribery occurrences.
Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) Executive Director Goodwell Lungu disclosed during the launch of the Zambia Bribe Payers Index in Lusaka to that that TIZ has set aside K600, 000 towards a joint project by the Zambia Police and the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to improve transparency in their operations.
Mr. Lungu notes that combating corruption requires transparency and accountability at all levels.
He has called on Zambians to be more vigilant and dedicated to the fight against corruption.
And Anti Corruption Commission Director General Rosewin Wandi says the commission will not relent in its effort to ensure that corruption is fought at all levels.
Ms Wandi says the Commission has continued to put various measures in place to address corruption in various public institutions.
And officiating at the launch Secretary to the Cabinet Rowland Msiska says government places great importance on promoting and practicing transparency and accountability in the governance of the country.
In a speech read on his behalf by his deputy Peter Kasanda, Dr. Msiska says to this end, government is committed to improving the lives of the people through the provision of quality and adequate public service.
Dr Msiska says government is however mindful that this cannot be achieved if corruption takes root in the provision of the services.
He says government has over the years introduced policies and programmes aimed at reducing the levels of corruption in the provision of public service citing the establishment of integrity committees as an example.
The Secretary to the Cabinet states that government will do everything possible to support initiatives such as the Zambia Bribe Payers Index which are intended to add value to the fight against corruption.