Unveiled late last year by Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Communication, Science & Technology and Bumbuli Member of Parliament Hon. January Makamba, mRushwa is a corruption incident reporting mobile engine, USSD and web platform wants to end corruption in the country.
The mobile and web-based anti-corruption platform crowd-sources information from volunteer individuals using their mobile phones or online.
mRushwa was built by members of the Bumbuli Development Corporation and software development firm Iconnica with support from Vodacom Tanzania and Airtel Tanzania.
According to Hon Makamba during the launch, mRushwa will help locals easily report incidents of corruption in the country as most cases go unreported due to lack of such platforms.
The platform works simply.
Users dial a provided number to submit details of the incident and it appears on the portal under their location and type. The reports are then forwarded to authorities for use or investigations.
The platform is a leap forward against corruption in the country that is seen by Transparency International as the second most corrupt in East Africa after Uganda according to the East African Bribery Index 2012. The country also had a bribery level 39.1 percent compared to Kenya’s 29.5 percent.