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Poll shows National Police as the most corrupt institution in the country

An opinion study conducted by Afrobarometer concluded that the National Police is the most corrupt institution in the country, from the perspective of the Angolan population.


The perception of the involvement of the National Police in acts of corruption is higher among respondents with a higher level of education (85 per cent). Already 78 per cent of the residents of the eastern region of the country - the majority living in an urban area - consider that the involvement of the authorities in acts of corruption is high.

The study, cited by the newspaper O País, also reveals that after the National Police, the public sector is the second most corrupt institute in Angola. The results indicate that 67 percent of those surveyed consider that public officials are involved in corruption cases and 66 percent admit that members of municipal administrations are involved in corrupt acts.

Like the police, Angolans with more education (82 percent) have a greater perception of the involvement of public officials in corruption cases.

In general, public sector involvement is seen by Angolans as quite corrupt, the study indicates.

As for access to public services, 42 per cent of citizens revealed to have resorted to acts of corruption in order to gain access to police assistance or avoid having problems with the authorities. Respondents also admitted that in order to obtain an identification document (39 per cent) or obtain medical assistance (33 per cent) they had to resort to acts of corruption.

As for reports, 54 percent said they were not comfortable reporting for fear of retaliation.

As for the corruption rate, 44 per cent of respondents considered that between 2018 and 2019, corruption in the country "decreased a little / decreased a lot". Already 33 per cent consider that the index "increased a little / increased a lot".

Asked whether the President of the Republic is using the fight against corruption as a tool to ward off possible political opponents, 39 percent said they agreed with this thesis and 31 percent said they totally disagree.

The study, which focused on "Corruption and Trust in Institutions in Angola," was presented last Monday. One of the researchers involved in the study, Carlos Pacatolo, in statements to the same publication, considered that it was necessary to change behaviour so that the perception of Angolans was reversed.

The specialist admitted that the results are worrying, stating that "we need to fight the corrupt, take them to the bars of the court and expel them if the acts of which they are accused are proven".

In view of the results, the newspaper contacted the National Police who said they would react to the results as soon as they had access to the report, and assured them that they were calm.

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