Tanzania Has Institutions, but No Political Will, to Fight Corruption

Tanzania Has Institutions, but No Political Will, to Fight Corruption
Now-Tanzanian President John Magufuli at an election rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Oct. 23, 2015 (AP Photo/Khalfan Said)

Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the impact of corruption and various countries' efforts to combat it.

Earlier this month, Tanzanian President John Magufuli fired the head of the ports authority along with several high-ranking officials in the Transport Ministry for their alleged corruption. In an email interview, Semkae Kilonzo, the coordinator at Policy Forum, a network of nongovernmental policy organizations in Tanzania, discussed the country’s fight against corruption.

WPR: How big of a problem is corruption in Tanzania, and in what areas—including which levels of government—is its impact most felt?

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