According to the 2019 survey by Afrobarometer and international NGO Transparency International, 53% Moroccans think that corruption has increased in the past 12 months.
Rabat – The report also shows that 31% of public service users have paid a bribe, while 74 % think the government is doing a bad job of tackling corruption.
The survey reveals, however, that 49 % think that ordinary citizens can make a difference in the fight against corruption.
The survey, which is the largest and the most detailed in the world, covered 47,000 African citizens from 35 different African countries, including 1,200 Moroccans. The intent was to highlight the attitudes and experiences of bribery and corruption in their countries.
The report indicates that Moroccans think bribery is most prevalent among members of Parliament with 41% saying that MPs receive bribes. MPs were closely followed by the Prime Minister at 39 %, Local government officials at 38%, and Government officials at 37%.
Outside politics, 28% said that Business Executives receive bribes, judges and traditional leaders came in at 26%, police at 24%, and Government Organizations 22%. Religious leaders had the lowest rate at only 11%.
In terms of Public service users, 32 % have paid a bribe to the health service, and 31 % to police, while the lowest percentage was recorded in Public schools ( 6%).
The highest rates of bribery in the African continent were recorded in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (80%), followed by Liberia (53%), and Sierra Leone (52%). The lowest rates were recorded in Mauritius (5%), Botswana (7%) and Cape Verde (8%)
Even though 49% think that ordinary people can make a difference in fighting it, the report’s key findings indicate that corruption in Africa is on the rise. The statistics through the integrity of public officials into doubt, despite government efforts to change the trend.