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Corruption: Kenya Asleep in Class

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Corruption increased in the country in 2023, a new report released on Tuesday by Transparency International (TI) showed.

The report on the State of Corruption in Africa showed that Kenya dropped its score from 32 to 31. According to the system used to score countries by the organization, scores close to 100 indicate a country with a low level of corruption, while those close to 50 indicate a very high level of corruption.

According to the ten-year assessment conducted by the organization, Kenya scored the best in 2022—it scored 32 points—while it scored the lowest in 2015, when it scored 25 points.

“One of the reasons that have contributed to Kenya lowering its scores in 2023 compared to 2022 is the delay in some cases related to corruption. “Some cases have been delayed in unclear circumstances, while others have been dismissed and the main suspects have been released,” said the report.

It added: “The best example is the cancellation of the corruption case for the construction of the Arror and Kimwarer dam complex. It is a case whose cancellation remains complicated.” The report stated that the failure of such major cases has lowered public confidence in the performance of the Office of the Director General of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in the fight against corruption.

Rwanda is the country with the lowest level of corruption in the East African region, as it scored 53. In 2022, it scored 51. Tanzania followed Rwanda with 40 points. However, Kenya fared better than Uganda and Burundi, which were ranked as having the highest level of corruption.

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