Tanzania’s post-independence anti-corruption efforts: Examining the prevention and combatting of corruption bureau’s (pccb) role during Magufuli’s regime
Lukiko, Lukiko Vedastus
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During the five years of John Magufuli’s presidency, Tanzania’s anti-corruption efforts yielded significant improvements. This improved performance was associated mainly with the President’s personal anti-corruption stance. Institutions entrusted with fighting corruption, particularly the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), appear to be performing their functions based on the attitude of the incumbent President towards the problem. This creates a risk of personalising anticorruption instead of institutionalising it. Unfortunately, President Magufuli passed away in March 2021 and the sustainability of his anti-corruption approach is now in question. This article assesses Tanzania’s post-independence efforts to fighting corruption, and specifically examines the role of the PCCB during the reign of President Magufuli. We argue that during Magufuli’s presidency, the anti-corruption approach in the country has been top-down instead of bottom-up.
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