Kenya has once again risen up the Corruption Perception Index, sustaining an upward trajectory attributed to political goodwill from President Uhuru Kenyatta and rejuvenated performance of the lead anti-graft agency, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer, Twalib Mbarak.
The improved perception ranking on the internationally acclaimed Corruption Perception Index (CPI), saw Kenya jump 13 places in year 2020. The improvement was also attributed to increased budgetary support and technical training for the country’s anti-corruption agencies in the same period.
Between 2018 and 2020, Kenya rose up 20 places to be ranked at position 124 out of 180 countries. In 2018, Kenya was ranked 144th out of 180 countries with a score of 27, moving up 7 positions to be ranked 137th with a score of 28 in 2019. The country made its biggest leap in 2020, jumping up 13 places to be placed at position 124th with an improved score of 31.
This period coincides with the second term of President Uhuru, when he rallied his government and the entire nation to fight corruption in the country. The period has also seen change of leadership in various anti-graft agencies with a new strategic focus on high impact cases put in place at the lead anti-graft agency, EACC.
Kenya has also been lauded for reporting more on corruption. This has been attributed to its broad constitutional rights and freedoms, as Kenya reports corruption more freely than most African states and the results are becoming more and more evident.
The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) was developed by Transparency International. The CPI ranks countries based on perceived levels of corruption.