Kenya drops in the corrupt index as Somalia tops the list of the most corrupt nations globally

A new report ‘the 2016 Corruption Perception Index’ released by the global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Wednesday 24th 2017, Kenya dropped six places in the latest global corruption ranking

Kenya drops in the corrupt index as Somalia tops the list of the most corrupt nations globally

Untrustworthy and badly functioning public institutions like the police and judiciary has been blamed for escalating levels in the some of the African countries.

A new report ‘the 2016 Corruption Perception Index’ released  by the global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Wednesday 24th 2017, Kenya dropped six places in the latest global corruption ranking.

Kenya  was ranked  at position 145 out of 176 countries alongside Bangladesh, Cameroon, Gambia, Madagascar and Nicaragua.

A big improvement from previous ranking at position 139 in the 2015 index.

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However, Transparency International (TI) stated that Kenya just like other large countries in Africa had a long way to go in so far as fighting corruption is concerned.

"Some other large African countries have failed to improve their scores on the index. These include South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya. South African President Jacob Zuma was in court and in the media for corruption scandals"

Transparency International Report

The report which drew a mix of business and government sources for its corruption rankings said that the anti-corruption laws are on the books but in practice they’re often skirted or ignored.

The study in graft stricken countries like Kenya people frequently face situations of bribery and extortion, rely on basic services that have been undermined by the misappropriation of funds, and confront official indifference when seeking redress from authorities that are on the take.

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Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe are the most improved African countries in the 2016 index.
Both countries held democratic presidential elections in 2016. It is no surprise that the independent electoral observer teams labelled the Cape Verde elections for 2016 as “exemplary”. This election that saw Jorge Carlos Fonseca re-elected, was held in a framework of a continuously improving integrity system, as observed by various African governance reviews.

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In São Tomé and Príncipe elections held in July 2016 led to a smooth change of government, which is increasingly a challenge in the African region.

However, Somalia, whose parliamentary elections were marred by malpractice and corruption, and whose presidential elections were postponed three times last year and are yet to be held was ranked in the last position.

In the past ten years, Somalia has held the undesirable title as the world’s most corrupt country , with a score of 10 on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016, which ranks countries’ public sector from zero to 100.

Here is the full list.


The most corrupt countries as ranked on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 are:

  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • North Korea
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • Sudan
  • Libya
  • Afghanistan
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Venezuela

The top 10 ranked nations perceived to be the least corrupt are:

  • Denmark
  • New Zealand
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • Singapore
  • Netherlands
  • Canada
  • Germany

The 2016 Corruption Perception Index said that the higher-ranked countries like Denmark,  tend to have higher degrees of press freedom, access to information about public expenditure, stronger standards of integrity for public officials, and independent judicial systems.

But high-scoring countries can’t afford to be complacent, either. While the most obvious forms of corruption may not scar citizens’ daily lives in all these places, the higher-ranked countries are not immune to closed-door deals, conflicts of interest, illicit finance, and patchy law enforcement that can distort public policy and exacerbate corruption at home and abroad.

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