Transparency International: Burundi and South Sudan taking the lead in corruption in the EAC.

The Transparency International(TI) has released its Corruption Perception Index 2018, where it shows how countries globally have improved in fighting against corruption while others have regressed backward in fighting against it.

The TI 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis of democracy around the world.

In our analysis of the TI Corruption Perception Index, we will focus on the East African Community member states. According to this TI Corruption Perception Index 2018, we see that Burundi and South Sudan have taken a step backward in fighting against the corruption comparing to other member states of the East African Community.

According to the Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index, the Burundi country slid five points, moving from 22 in 2017 to 17 in 2018. Burundi dropped 13 positions to rank 170 out of 180, reports one magazine, quoting the TI Corruption Perception Index.

THE BIG PICTURE: The Transparency International survey reveals that countries with higher rates of corruption also have weaker democratic institutions and political rights.

The TI concluded on Tuesday: “Laws often go unenforced and institutions are poorly resourced with little ability to handle corruption complaints. In addition, internal conflict and unstable governance structures contribute to high rates of corruption”.

Rwanda has emerged as the most improving country in the EAC block comparing with the other EAC member states.

Transparency International corruption score index for EAC member states.

The TI scale runs from 0 to 100 points, where zero means very corrupt and 100 very clean. So, countries score points out of hundred.

Rwanda has scored 56 points, Uganda scored 26( did not make any improvement), Tanzania making 36(same as in 2017), Burundi scored 17 against 22 in 2017(slid backward, almost very corrupt, near to zero). Kenya dropped by a point to 27 from 28 in 2017.

Somalia and South Sudan, both ravaged by years of conflict, remain the most corrupt countries in the world scoring 10 and 13 points respectively.

BOTTOM LINE: The Chair of the Transparency International, Delia Ferreira Rubio, said: Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where undemocratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage”.

You can download the data full set of the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index here to see how countries have improved and regressed globally.

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