Corruption Perception Index 2016 – A Comparison of Kenya’s Score To Other African Countries

Post Date: 17 February 2017   |   Category: Corruption   |   Hits: 2125

The corruption perception index refers to the ranking of countries according to the extent to which corruption is believed to exist. The corruption perception index was inaugurated in 1995 by Transparency International. It ranks almost 200 countries on a scale of zero to 100, with zero indicating high levels of corruption and 100 indicating low levels. Developed countries typically rank higher than developing nations due to stronger regulations (Investopedia, n.d.).

The chart below looks at the scores for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.  It compares Kenya to South Africa, Nigeria and its East African peers; Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. The scale is from 0 which represents (highly corrupt) to 100 which represents (very clean). The global average score is a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption in a country's public sector.
Among the countries analyzed above, Rwanda ranks the highest and the cleanest in terms of corruption. It ranks the highest for all the years analyzed and has improved by 5 points from 2014. It is then followed by South Africa which scored 45 in 2016 an increase of one point from the two previous years. 
Tanzania got a higher score, compared to Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. In 2016, Uganda records the lowest score of 25 which is only one point below Kenya. 
These scores portray that Kenya has very high levels of corruption showing an improvement of only one point compared to the last two years.
Number of the week: 26
  • 26 represents Kenya’s corruption perception index score in 2016
  • Rwanda in a tie with Mauritius was ranked the 3rd least corrupt country in sub-Sahara Africa (Rwirahira, 2017)
  • Kenya has been ranked among the most corrupt countries in Africa and on the globe.
  • Transparency International's corruption index placed Kenya 145th out of 176 countries.
  • In the East African Community, Rwanda once again scored best followed by Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi, in that order.
  • (2017, January 25). Retrieved from Transparency International.
  • Investopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved from
  • Rwirahira, R. (2017, January 25). The New Times. Retrieved from