Kenya has recorded an improvement — moved two places from 143 to 145 out of 176 — in the global corruption index in the Transparency International report released yesterday.
TI Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) report shows Kenya last year scored 28 points out of a possible 100, a slight jump from 26 points in 2016.
However, the score is still lower than the combined average score for Africa which is 32.
“Although the country has made some improvement, punishment and recovery of assets acquired corruptly is necessary if Kenya is to make improvements in the fight against corruption,” said Transparency International Kenya executive director Samuel Kimeu.
He cited laxity in enforcement of the law and lack of political goodwill for high corruption cases.
TI report comes in the wake of a court ruling that struck out amendments to the Public Audit Act that sought to establish a body to exercise powers over the Auditor General. The court declared the amendments unconstitutional.
“This is an important victory for Kenya’s fight for accountability as it safeguards the independence of the office of the Auditor General,” said Kimeu.
Botswana emerged the highest ranked country in Africa with a score of 61 followed by Rwanda with a score of 55 making it the least corrupt country in the East African region.
The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is least corrupt.