, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has ranked Kenya at position 23 out of 53 African nations for improved governance quality in the country in 2010.
The country which has previously performed poorly on governance issues is particularly recognised for improving the gender and rural sectors but it is ranked poorly on providing citizens with personalised safety and infrastructure.
Last year, Kenya was ranked at position 26 with 50.5 percent, followed by Gabon and Madagascar.
On personal safety and infrastructure, the Kibaki administration is placed at position 40 out of 53 while it ranks 11 out of 53 on gender and rural sector improvement.
The survey available on the foundation’s official website indicates that Kenya was placed at position four out of 12 in East Africa and 23 in Africa.
In this year’s index, Mauritius tops the list with 82.5 percent followed by Cape Verde which scored 79 percent.
Established in 2006, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation provides a framework and tools by which citizens and governments can assess and measure progress in governance.
It also recognises excellence in African leadership besides providing a practical way in which leaders can build positive legacies on the continent when they have left national office.
This latest statistic by the respected governance institution in a region popular with dictators and Presidents who hang on to power is good news to President Mwai Kibaki who has publicly announced that he will not be vying for the presidency next year.
Kibaki has served two uninterrupted terms since 2002. His tenure expires next year.