Burundi ‘most corrupt country in East Africa’

2010-07-22 14:39

Burundi is the most corrupt country in East Africa, according to a Transparency International (TI) survey.

Burundi had taken over the top position from Kenya in the latest East African Bribery Index with a rating of 36.7, TI Kenya said today.

Kenya had registered a slight improvement in the perception of the prevalence of corruption, from a rating of 45 last year, to 31.9 this year, it said.

Rwanda was the least corrupt country in the region with a rating of 6.6.

Uganda was second most corrupt with a rating of 33, Kenya third, and Tanzania was fourth with 28.6.

The index measures perception of bribery levels in the private and public sectors in East Africa.

The survey was conducted among 10?505 randomly selected respondents in the five countries between January and March, said TI Kenya.

The organisation said corruption was an “impediment to responsive public service delivery in the region”.

“Key governance and enforcement institutions such as the police, judiciary and defence featured prominently in the index, as did institutions offering key services, such as health, education, housing and finance.”

The index also highlighted that the reporting of corruption cases was still very low in the region.

TI Kenya executive director Samuel Kimeu said: “East African countries need to scrutinise their service delivery mechanisms with the objective of rooting out practices such as corruption that are impeding the accessibility of basic services.

“This will promote equality, development and the reduction of poverty in the region.”

The organisation said Kenya would put a proposed constitution containing stronger accountability safeguards to vote on August 4.

“If passed, it will serve as the gateway for much needed institutional reforms aimed at curbing corruption incidents in the public sector,” it said.

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