- Only 1/10 citizens are aware of or can correctly explain the function of the various oversight bodies
- 9/10 citizens believe there is corruption in government
- 2/3 citizens believe the audit and oversight bodies are not fully independent
- 7/10 citizens think that corruption entails the loss of "their own" money
- 1/3 Tanzanians is interested in audit findings being discussed on live radio shows weekly.
- Citizens appear to be relatively forgiving for potentially serious criminal offenses (see figure below)
While the CAG audit observations and recommendations have the objective of improving performance and accountability in government spending, CAG is incapable of enforcing the implementation of these recommendations. Despite citizen's skepticism and lack of awareness surrounding these financial oversight institutions, they are not advocating for particularly strong sanctions against those who misuse public money. Strong leadership at all levels is needed to not only ensure the effective implementation of accountability mechanisms, but to create lawful sanctions against those who misuse public funds and educate the general public and those in positions of power about methods of accountability and the importance of establishing such mechanisms.
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