NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25 – Kenya’s global corruption ranking has dropped six places according to the 2016 Corruption Perception Index report released by Transparency International.
The report, which gauges perceptions about corruption in 173 countries, has ranked Kenya at number 145 down from 139 in 2015 scoring 26 points out of 100.
The TI report notes Kenya’s poor performance came despite the adoption of a few anti-corruption measures including passing a law on the right to information.
“Kenya has a long way to go. President Uhuru Kenyatta expressed frustration that all his anti-corruption efforts were not yielding much. He may need new strategies as Kenyan citizens go to the polls in 2017,” the report states.
The report has urged African leaders that come to office on an “anti-corruption ticket” to live up to their pledges to deliver corruption-free services to their citizens.
“They must implement their commitments to the principles of governance, democracy and human rights. This includes strengthening the institutions that hold their governments accountable, as well as the electoral systems that allow citizens to either re-elect them or freely choose an alternative.”
In the region, Rwanda is best-performing country ranked number 54 while Ethiopia is listed at 108 and Tanzania ranked at 116.
The index scores zero as the most corrupt with a score of 100 being the least corrupt.