Zambia wants to learn how to fight corruption from Kenya, the 4th most corrupt country in East Africa

The delegation of eight MPs arrived over the weekend and held its first meeting with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday.

  • Zambia has sent a parliamentary delegation to Kenya, the fourth most corrupt country in East Africa, to learn how to fight corruption.
  • What is strange however is that according to Transparency International, Kenya is more corrupt than Zambia.
  • The visit by Zambia also comes at a time when Kenya is hit by several high profile corruption scandals left right and center.

Zambia has sent a parliamentary delegation to Kenya, the fourth most corrupt country in East Africa, to learn how to fight corruption.

Zambia Parliamentary Committee of Privileges, Absences and Support Services is in the country and visited EACC commissioners at Integrity Centre in Nairobi to learn how the agency has been spearheading the war on graft.

"We are here to learn how the EACC is managing it, bearing in mind that those who engage in corruption remain very powerful and with the mandate to look after the aspirations of the people they govern," Garry Nkombo, the leader of the foreign delegation said.

"We recognise the fact that corruption does exist and want to learn how Kenya has been dealing with it. It is generally agreed that corruption cannot be fought with kids' gloves,” he added.

What is strange however is that according to Transparency International, Kenya is more corrupt than Zambia and therefore it is odd why the delegation is in the country in the first place.

According to Transparency International 2017 ranking, Kenya is the fourth most corrupt country in East Africa and is ranked at number 143 out of 180 countries with a score of 28/100 compared to Zambia which is ranked at position 96 out of 180 and has a score of 37/100.

"This is a study tour by our colleagues from the Zambian National Assembly. We are sharing experiences on fighting corruption and promoting ethics," EACC commissioner Mwaniki Gachoka said.

The visit by Zambia also comes at a time when Kenya is hit by several high profile corruption scandals left right and center ranging from National youth Service scandal where Sh9 billion ($90m) of taxpayers money was lost to Kenya Pipeline Company where another Sh95 billion ($950m) was looted.

Government parastatal, the National Cereals and Produce Board and the National Irrigation Board have also lost billions of shillings.

Since its inception EACC has also been hit by graft allegations which have seen some of its chairpersons forced to resign and the body has also failed to net any big fish.

Nevertheless the Zambia delegation said they were keen to study best practices in managing corruption in governance from Kenya.

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