Africa is seen as one of the most corrupt places that you will ever set foot in. With the high levels of corruption, governments have reported a stunted economic growth rate and higher levels of poverty. Transparency International, a leading global watchdog has at many times included countries from Sub-Saharan Africa in their list of most corrupt nations. To many African leaders, these releases may not go well with them. However, what they do not know is that taxpayers are the biggest losers since their tax money goes to the pockets of rich individuals.
Corruption in Africa mostly revolves around high-level political graft to low-level bribes given to custom officials or police officers. While political graft takes so much of taxpayer’smoney, it is pretty bribes which have a dreadful effect on basic institutions. In addition to this, it has also undermined public trust in institutions and the government. However, both high-level bribes and low-level bribes have a taunting effect on the development of many African nations.
The prevalence of corruption in Africa seems to warp the political process. Many public officials therefore seek re-election since holding offices gives them immunity from prosecution. It is for this reason that many heads of state continue clinging on to power even after suffering defeats during general election. When the stake is very high, the public officer will buy votes or rig an election in order to remain in power.
Corruption will still be a thorn in the flesh of many African countries. Fortunately, nations are now trying to work together with organizations such as Transparency International to contain corruption. However, not all political leaders are willing to fight corruption for fear of losing their wealth. These leaders need to be forcefully ejected from power if countries in Sub-Saharan are to fight corruption. Once this is done, taxpayers will be able to benefit from economic development.