Kenya's position in most corrupt countries revealed

The rankings were provided by Transparency International

A banner bearing n anti-corruption message used during past protests (Twitter)

Kenya has been ranked at position 144 out of 180 most corrupt countries surveyed.

According to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) designations, Kenya scored 28 which is one more point than it scored in the previous year analyzed.

Transparency International (TI) develops the list after considering rankings developed by reputable organizations.

The index scores are assigned by experts and businesspeople using a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 indicates highly corrupt.

Social media fighting corruption

TI attributed the slight improvement in Kenya's corruption index to increased citizen engagement in the war against the vice.

Referring to President Uhuru Kenyatta's declared position on fighting corruption, TI named Kenya as one of the countries to watch due to "promising political developments".

"The rise of mobile technology means ordinary citizens in many countries now have instant access to information, and an ability to voice their opinions in a way that previous generations did not.

"In addition to improved access to information, which is critical to the fight against corruption, government officials in Kenya and South Africa are also reaching to social media to engage with the public.

"The real test will be whether these new administrations will follow through on their anti-corruption commitments moving forward," the report indicated.

President Kenyatta renewed his commitment to the fight against corruption during an anti-corruption forum organized last week.

He ordered the Attorney General to draft a bill that will outlaw conflict of interest for state officials.


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