By Paul Shalala
For the fifth consecutive year, Zambia's international rankings on corruption have kept improving.
This status quo is being necessitated by various anti-corruption strategies and programs being implemented by various stakeholders.
The latest Corruption Perception Index has yet again revealed the progress Zambia is making in fighting graft.
The 2013 Index released on 3rd December, 2013 by Transparency International shows that Zambia has moved 5 places on global rankings from 88th in the world to 83.
This follows the gain by 1 point from 37 in 2012 to 38 points this year.
Transparency International Zambia Chapter President Lee Habasonda says the latest rankings are an indication that government has more work to do.
And Chief Government Spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya has described the results of the 2013 Corruption Perception Index as an indication that government's anti-corruption fight is succeeding.
177 countries worldwide were assessed for the CPI and more than two thirds of them failed to score above 50 on a scale of 100.
Overall, the index reveals that abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world.
New Zealand and Denmark are this year ranked number one while Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are the worst corrupt nations on number 175.
Botswana is Africa's best ranked nation on the Corruption Perception Index at number 30 while Zambia is ranked 13th in Africa.