The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya Ranked Amongst World's Most Corrupt Countries

Kenya has ranked 139 out of 176 countries in the Global Corruption Perception Index 2012 released today by Transparency International.

The Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries worldwide. Two-thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index scored below 50.

With a score of 27 on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (least corrupt or very clean), Kenya fell way below the 50 percent mark.

Among East African countries, Kenya is ranked second after Burundi which has been ranked the most corrupt country in the region while Rwanda is the least.

The highest scoring and thus least corrupt Country in Sub Saharan Africa was Botswana at position 30 with a score of 65 followed by Cape Verde (60) and Mauritius (57).

Lack of political will, the lack of progress in tackling graft as well as the slow pace of reforms in key sectors has been cited as some of reasons why Kenya is still ranked amongst the 35 lowest-scoring countries falling in the company of countries widely perceived as either endemically corrupt or failed.

"Our main problem remains lack of enforcement. There are way too many unresolved scandals. If perpetrators of corruption go unpunished, it is unlikely that Kenya will ever get corruption under control. The political and economic elite must allow enforcement institutions to do their work without interference," TI-Kenya Executive Director Mr. Samuel Kimeu said.

According to the report, Kenya's poor ranking is an indication that reforms brought in by the Kenya's new constitution have not yet yielded fruits in the fight against corruption.

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