Kenya has obtained a score of 28 out of 100 in the global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International today.
This score is below the global average score of 43 and the Sub-Saharan average score of 32.
Since 2012, Kenya has scored between 25 and 28, out of 100, having recorded a score of 27 in 2018, depicting slow progress in the fight against corruption.
In the rankings, the country is listed at position 137 out of 180 countries and territories assessed.
The CPI measures the perceived levels of corruption in the public sector in countries and territories worldwide, drawing on 13 expert assessments and surveys of business executives.
It uses a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The report ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption.
It is a composite index, a combination of surveys and assessments of corruption which is collected by a variety of reputable institutions.
In the East African region, Rwanda is ranked highest garnering 53 points followed by Tanzania with 37, Kenya and Uganda scoring 28, Burundi with 19 and South Sudan with 12 points.
In Sub- Saharan Africa, Seychelles and Botswana are leading with 66 and 61 points respectively.
Other countries in Africa like Ethiopia scored 37, Zambia 34, Nigeria 26, Zimbabwe 24 and the Democratic Republic of Congo 18.
Denmark and New Zealand top the CPI 2019 with scores of 87. Somalia, South Sudan and Syria fall on the bottom rung with scores of 9, 12 and 13, respectively.
In the last eight years, only 22 countries significantly improved their CPI scores, including Greece, Guyana and Estonia. In the same period, 21 countries significantly decreased their scores, including Canada, Australia and Nicaragua.
In the remaining 137 countries, the levels of corruption show little to no change.
The highest scoring region is Western Europe with an average score of 66. The regions which scored lowest are Sub-Saharan Africa (average score: 32) and Eastern and Central Asia (average score: 35).