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WINDHOEK-- Namibia remains one of the least corrupt countries in Africa, according to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) of 2017 compiled by Transparency International (TI).

Namibia's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said here Thursday that TI had ranked Namibia 53 out of 180 countries globally and fifth in Africa with a score of 51 out of 100. Within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region, Namibia takes third place behind Botswana and Seychelles.

Namibia has been ranked as one of the least corrupt countries based on its fight against corruption, good governance and its tolerance on freedom of the media, association and expression. Botswana, Seychelles, Cape Verde and Rwanda are the only African countries ranked above Namibia out of the 180 countries ranked.

The latest CPI Index highlights that the majority of the countries are making little or no progress to end corruption, while journalists and activists in corrupt countries risked their lives in an effort to speak out against corruption.

TI uses a scale of zero to 100, with zero regarded as highly corrupt and 100 as devoid of corruption. The index found that more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50 with an average score of 43. Namibia went down by one point from 52 to 51 in 2017.


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