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BURUNDI
Corruption worsens in Burundi

Published: 15-JAN-07

Bujumbura � Incidence of corruption in Burundi rose sharply in 2006, according to figures released by an anti-corruption organisation.

The independent Organisation for the Fight Against Corruption and Economic Embezzlement (OLUCOME) said instances of corruption had risen to 1,951, a significant jump from the 2005 figure of 1,056.

The increase represented a monetary value of 169 billion Burundi francs ($167.5mn), said OLUCOME spokesman Gabriel Rufyiri.

"Corruption has risen in Burundi since the general elections of 2005 and nobody has been arrested up to now," said Rufyiri.

Elected president in 2005, Pierre Nkurunziza had promised to make the fight against corruption one of his priorities.

"The presidency of the republic wrote to us in February 2005 to say that he was going to concentrate on all embezzlement cases," said Rufyiri.

"But nothing concrete has been done since that date," he added. Sapa-AFP



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