KENYA, UGANDA RANKED MOST CORRUPT COUNTRIES IN EAST AFRICA

By George Kithuka & Rose Welimo

NAIROBI,Kenya has scored poorly in the latest Global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report released by Transparency International (TI).

The report released here Wednesday ranks Kenya at position 139 out of 168 countries with a score of 25, a position jointly shared with its East African neighbour, Uganda.

Barely a week after the country’s new Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission members were sworn in, the TI report shows Kenya as the most corrupt county in East Africa, alongside Uganda, both scoring 25 points on a scale of zero to 100, zero being perceived to be the most corrupt.

Kenya had a score of 27 in 2013 and 2012 meaning that efforts to tackle corruption have borne little results.

TI-Kenya Executive Director Samuel Kimeu said here that the current situation would persist until there were high profile convictions. Kimeu observed that relevant agencies were intimidated or even compromised when dealing with high profile cases.

“Kenya can learn key lessons from the top performing countries in the 2015 CPI. Generally, they have high levels of press freedom, stronger access to information systems and budget transparency, and thus the public knows where the money comes from and how it is spent,” Kimeu said.

Denmark took the top spot for the second year running, with North Korea and Somalia the worst performers, scoring just eight points each.

Among the East Africa Community countries, Rwanda emerged on top with a score of 54 at position 44 globally. Tanzania follows with a score of 30 at position 117 while Kenya and Uganda tie at position 139 globally.

Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries on the 2015 index scored below 50 points. Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands and Norway are the best performing countries. The most improved include Greece, Senegal and Britain.

The Corruption Perceptions Index scores and ranks countries and territories around the world on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) in the public sector.

Source: KBC