Sport Ivory Coast: Operations Anti-Cruption in Public Services

12:55  15 september  2021
12:55  15 september  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Epiphane Ballo Zoro, ancien magistrat, et actuel ministre ivoirien de la Promotion de la bonne gouvernance et de la lutte contre la corruption, septembre 2021. © RFI / Pierre Pinto Epiphane Ballo Zoro, former magistrate, and current Ivorian Minister for the Promotion of Good Governance and the Fight Against Corruption, September 2021.

Since the last ministerial reshuffle last April, Côte d'Ivoire has a ministry to promote good governance and the fight against corruption. At his head, Epiphane Ballo Zoro, former magistrate, remained relatively discreet since. On Tuesday, September 14, he revealed to have launched several anti-corruption operations, called "punches", in different public services.

with our correspondent in Abidjan, Pierre Pinto

These "punches" operations were launched several months ago any discretion. And the collimator was placed on several services or administrations. First aim: SICA, responsible for passing compulsory technical control to cars, or bribes, especially to close eyes on the condition of some vehicles, are numerous.

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also targeted police and gendarmeries services, including some agents rackege road users, especially trucks that carry food products to Abidjan. With consequences for the cost of living, explains Minister Epiphane Ballo Zoro: "Racket has a link on expensive life. The more the carriers suffer from the road harassment, the more it will be felt on the households and the daily population of the population.

All sectors targeted

other sector targeted, education, with the purchase of exams or orientation for example. Health, justice or construction are also sectors that does not spare corruption, adds the minister: "Attention to fraud, attention to racket ... The state sees you, because corruption is an occult, clandestine operation , which can prosper as long as the author thinks he can not be seen, that he can never be identified. The department does not give any quantified result of these first operations, but the country still has the way to do, especially to satisfy the ever more demanding funders in this area. According to the Transparency International index, Côte d'Ivoire progresses in the fight against corruption, but remains at the 104th in 180.


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