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To the chagrin of most Africans, the world has long viewed their continent through the prism of the three "Cs" – conflict, contagion and corruption.One Saturday a month, Kagame and citizens alike turn out to sweep the streets – a metaphor not lost on the global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International, which ranks Rwanda as Africa's cleanest country.Since taking office in May, Muhammadu Buhari (like Kagame, a former soldier) has launched a concerted offensive against high-level corruption.The president of tiny Benin, also in West Africa, recently apologized after corrupt officials made off with a $4 million foreign grant.Police have raided senior officials' houses, confiscating bags of cash in at least one instance, and the government has set reference prices for public procurement, established special corruption courts, and instituted so-called "lifestyle" audits of leading officeholders.Three-quarters would not report corruption, fearing retribution.Corruption will never be wiped out in Africa or anywhere else.
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