By Rose Welimo/Statement
Kenya continues to perform dismally in its fight against corruption after dropping six positions in the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report released by Transparency International.
Kenya dropped from position 139 in the 2015 index to position 145 out of 176 in the 2016 index.
The global anti-graft watchdog Transparency International says cases of grand corruption that are prevalent in Kenya are a violation to human rights, prevents sustainable development and fuels social exclusion.
The 2016 Corruption Perception Index released by the global anti-corruption body shows that Kenya occupies position among the last 20 most corrupt countries and is ranked at position 145 out of 176 on the index.
“For ten years now, Kenya has hardly broken the ceiling of the last quartile in the CPI ranking. In a year of elections when voting is supposed to force change in the manner in which important public issues are dealt with, the challenge of corruption can no longer be ignored”, said Samuel Kimeu, Executive Director, TI Kenya.
“Corruption has become more persistent and consistent in recent years. It’s not surprising that Kenya continues to drop on the CPI. In 2016 more corruption scandals came to light with hardly any resolution to existing ones. There are no indications that this trend will be reversed in the circumstances “added Mr. Kimeu.
69 per cent of the 176 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 scored below 50.
The score runs from zero, which is perceived to be highly corrupt, to 100, which is very clean.
Denmark and New Zealand emerged best with scores of 90, closely followed by Finland (89) and Sweden (88). Although no country is free of corruption, the countries at the top share characteristics of open government, press freedom, civil liberties and independent judicial systems.
For the tenth year running, Somalia is the worst performer on the index, this year scoring only 10. South Sudan is second last with a score of 11, followed by North Korea with 12 and Syria 13.
Countries at the bottom of the index are characterised by widespread impunity for corruption, poor governance and weak institutions.
Regionally, Kenya came third after Rwanda and Tanzania who scored 54 and 32 respectively and were ranked 50 and 116 globally. Uganda was ranked 151 with a score of 25. Burundi was ranked last in East Africa with a score of 20.
José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International said, “In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity.”