2019 TI corruption index report shows Kenya still far in fight against graft

Corruption in Kenya. [Photo/standardmedia.co.ke]

The latest global corruption perception index for 2019 released by Transparency International has shown that Kenya lags behind in the fight against corruption.

Kenya has dropped by one point in 2019 report with a score of 28 out of 100 but she is still below the global average score of 43.

“Since 2012, Kenya has scored between 25 and 28, out of 100. In the rankings, the country is listed at position 137 out of 180 countries and territories assessed,” the TI statement reads.

The report also revealed that the Kenyan Parliament has been unable to regulate funds used in political campaigns despite enacting the Election Campaign Financing Act in 2013 thus crippling the IEBC.

The report established that Kenya still has the most expensive elections in Africa.

The Thursday, January 23 report called for more convictions and recovery of assets from corrupt individuals as if Kenya is really keen on tackling graft.

“Following the spate of high profile arrests and arraignments in court, anti-corruption agencies should, therefore, bolster investigations and prosecutions that will lead to convictions and the recovery of stolen public resources,” read the report in part.

In East Africa, Rwanda is ranked as the best in tackling corrupt followed by Tanzania and Kenya coming third ahead of Uganda, Burundi and South Sudan respectively.