Date
25 May 2017
Colombia is stepping up efforts to clamp down on corruption by civil servants. Photo: Bloomberg
Colombia is stepping up efforts to clamp down on corruption by civil servants. Photo: Bloomberg

Civil servants face lie detectors in Colombian anti-graft push

Colombia plans lie detector tests on senior civil servants involved in allocation of government contracts, a move aimed at curbing widespread corruption and embezzlement of public funds, Reuters reported.

Polygraphy will be used initially to test executives in the 72 government departments that have so far signed up to a transparency pact, the report said.

The executives will be tested before and after concluding contracts for provision of goods and services to the government.

The move comes as the government allocates contracts to upgrade the national road network, estimated to cost more than US$20 billion, the report said.

In 2014, Colombia was ranked 94th out of 174 countries for severity of corruption in a listing compiled by Transparency International.

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