By Samuel Ouma |@journalist_27
The Efforts to tackle corruption in the country by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has not borne fruit following the Transparency International report which showed a drop in the global corruption index for 2018.
In a report released on Tuesday, January 29, Kenya is ranked at position 144 out of 180 countries with a score of 27 out of 100, a decline from 28 points scored in 2017.
Kenya emerged the fourth most corrupt in the East Africa. South Sudan (13%), Burundi (17%) and Uganda (26%) are number 1, 2 and 3 respectively. Rwanda and Tanzania were ranked the least corrupt countries in the region. Rwanda scored 56% and Tanzania 36%.
Somalia made history by scoring 10% and became top in the list of the most corrupt countries in the world followed closely by Syria (13%), South Sudan (13%), Yemen (14%) and North Korea (14%).
The report revealed that Africa as a continent is not doing well in eradication of graft which has hampered development in the region. In the top fifteen of the most corrupt countries globally which consisted of 40 countries, African countries occupied 22 slots.
The top countries are Denmark and New Zealand with scores of 88 per cent and 87 per cent respectively. At number three there are four countries tied at 85 per cent. They are Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.
According to the report, more than two-thirds of the countries surveyed scored below 50 per cent in the Corruption perceptions Index.
Almost a year ago President Uhuru Kenyatta took a bold step to vanquish graft which had plunged country into an economic crisis. He put all corrupt leaders on notice saying their days are numbered.
In his speech during last year’s Independence Day celebration, Kenyatta announced that all people in charge of government institutions will undergo fresh vetting to determine their integrity and merit.
“All heads of procurement and accounts in government ministries, departments, agencies and parastatals will undergo fresh vetting including polygraph testing to determine their integrity and suitability,” Kenyatta reiterated.
Kenya also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Switzerland in July that clears the way for the recovery of assets acquired through graft and stashed in the European country.
Following the crackdown on corrupt leaders, many top government officials among of them being current and former political bigwigs were charged in court over graft.