Botswana 'least corrupt' sub-Saharan state

Transparency International has ranked Botswana as the least corrupt county in sub-Saharan Africa.

Botswana emerged tops with a score of 63 in this year’s global Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International Wednesday.

It was followed by Cape Verde (57) and Seychelles (55).

Rwanda was the top performer among the East Africa Community (EAC) countries, with a score of 49 at position 55 globally. Its score has, however, dropped from 53 in 2013.

The index

EAC's top economy Kenya performed dismally, at position 145 out of 174 countries and territories ranked in the 20th edition of the index.

Kenya was ranked 35th in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Kenya’s decline calls to question reforms that have been instituted in various sectors since the adoption of the constitution,” said Mr Samuel Kimeu, the executive director of Transparency International Kenya.

Mr Kimeu called for an audit of the reform process to isolate areas of weakness that continue to provide fertile ground for corruption.

Public sector

He said inaction or slow action on corruption cases may have contributed to a high perception of corruption.

The index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries and territories worldwide.

Tanzania was ranked second in EAC, with a score of 31 at position 119, Uganda followed at 142 with a score of 26, then Kenya.

Burundi was at the bottom of the EAC pack with a score of 20 at position 159.

All East African countries dropped in score except Uganda whose score remained unchanged.

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