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Publicacion Date: 10/7/2003
Issue: 694

GLOBAL: Corruption still rife in Kenya, says report

Kenya is still ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world despite a change of guard in the government and the fight against corruption. The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2003 shows that Kenya is torpid with the same score it had last year at 1.9 out of a possible 10. This indicates that corruption is still on the rise despite a change of guard in government and its several initiatives to arrest the trend. Despite NARCīs government putting in place several measures to fight corruption in Kenya like the formation of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to coordinate the anti-corruption war, the creation of the post of the Permanent Secretary in the office of the president in-charge of Public Ethics and Governance and the enactment of the Anti-corruption and Economics Crimes Act and the Public Officer Ethics Act, Kenya still languish among the most corrupt countries in the world. The Transparency International Perceptions Index (CPI) 2003, reveals that corruption is still on an upward swing especially in the Third World countries with nine out of ten developing countries scoring less than five against a clean score of 10 in the TI CPI 2003. In this years corruption perception Index 2003, Kenya scored just 1.9 out of a possible 10 not having moved even an inch from its previous score of 1.9 in 2002 and is perceived to be among the eleventh most corrupt countries out of those surveyed. In Africa Kenya comes behind Nigeria with a CPI score of 1.4 in the second position, Cameroon with a score of 1.8 in the 8th position and Angola with a similar score in the 10th position. Transparency International Chairman, Peter Eigen said nine out of ten developing countries score less than 5 against a clean score of 10 in the TI CPI 2003. "Developing countries must implement results-oriented programmes to fight corruption, but they also require practical help tailored to the needs of their national anti-corruption startegies," he said. The most corrupt country is Bangladesh with a CPI score of 1.3 followed by Nigeria with a score of 1.4, Haiti 1.5, Paraguay is at par with Mynmar with 1.6, Tajikistan, Georgia, Cameroon, Azerbaijan, and Angola make the top ten with an CPI score of 1.8. since they are in the most urgent need of support," said the chairman.

East Standard (Kenya), October 7, 2003

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