South African nation of Botswana has been ranked the least corrupt country on the continent. At 61 per cent, Botsawna had the best index in the continent. The annual report which ranks nations on a scale of 1 to 100 – 1 being the most corrupt – gave Kenya a score of 28 per cent in its 2017 index, compared to 26 per cent in 2016. The country was ranked 143 in 2017, compared to position 145 out of 180 nations in 2016.
Within the East African Community region, Rwanda emerged the best anti-corrupt nation with a score of 48 per cent, followed by Tanzania at 36 per cent. Kenya was ranked third.
Transparency International Executive Director for Kenya, Samuel Kimeu attributed a firm anti-corruption regime to Rwanda’s impressive index. “Rwanda has had a better luck in the enforcement of the law. You’re more likely to be punished if you get involved in corruption in Rwanda than in Kenya. The rule of law in my view is the determinant if you compare the two countries,” Kimeu told Capital FM News on Thursday.
He said there was a need for a stricter enforcement of the law for the war against graft to be won in Kenya. “There’re too many political games that are played in Kenya and we must ensure this comes to an end,” he said.