Does the public trust the institutions of defence and security to tackle the issue of bribery and corruption in their establishments?
Cameroon score: NS/100
The public view the defence establishment as entirely indifferent to corruption within it, or as clearly corrupt, without the political will to tackle the problem.
The public view is that bribery and corruption are not, according to official rhetoric, acceptable to the defence establishment, but there is a widely-held belief that this is just that: rhetoric, and not seriously intended.
The public view is that bribery and corruption, though not acceptable to the defence establishment, is insufficiently addressed by the measures in place to tackle the problem.
This indicator is not scored. Please discuss conditions in the country context related to good practice (Score 4).
The public view is that there is a clear commitment from the defence establishment that bribery and corruption are not acceptable and must be prosecuted, and that their efforts to tackle the problem are sincere and effective.
This indicator is not assigned a score in the GDI.
About 56% of Cameroonians believe that the police sector is the most corrupt in the country. Police and gendarmerie officers collect bribes from road users and the public believe that this is condoned at the highest levels of the state  . Although the government has tried from time to time to win the hearts and minds of the public by broadcasting the names of some gendarmerie and police officers involved in corrupt practices over the National Radio and Television , one of the reasons that the population does not trust these institutions is that the government fails to provide details of those tried . Only about 37% belief that, in general, the government is doing a good job of fighting corruption .
1. “Cameroon”, Afro-Barometer, accessed March 12, 2018, http://afrobarometer.org/countries/cameroon-0.
2. Interview with a senior police officer of the Delegation of National Security, Yaounde, 2015.
3. “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017: Cameroon”, United States Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, p.8, accessed March 20, 2019, https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/186385.pdf; now available as “Cameroon 2017 Human Rights Report”, accessed August 29, 2019, https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Cameroon.pdf.
4. Coralie Pring, “People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015”, Transparency International, December 1, 2015), p.8, accessed March 14, 2018, https://www.transparency.org/whatwedo/publication/people_and_corruption_africa_survey_2015.
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