Nairobi, 29 January, 2020 / 3:15 am (ACI Africa).
Three months after Bishops in Kenya launched a nationwide six-months anti-corruption campaign, an initiative described as a big stride by faith-based leaders in fighting against corruption in their country, a Bishop in the East African nation has termed as “lamentable” the recent results by Transparency International (TI) ranking Kenya below the global average.
“It is indeed lamentable that a country as beautiful and popular as our Kenya should have sunk that low in matters corruption over the years,” Bishop John Oballa told ACI Africa in an interview referencing Kenya’s score of 28 out of 100 in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a result that represents a fall below both the global average score of 43 and Sub-Saharan Africa’s average score of 32.
Since 1995, TI publishes CPI annually as an index that, according to Wikipedia, ranks nations across the globe “by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, as determined by expert assessment and opinion surveys.”
The 2019 CPI published January 23 “ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people” on a scale of 0-100, with 0 counting as “highly corrupt” and 100 counting as “very clean.”
Referencing Kenya’s poor performance on the global scale, Bishop Oballa who Chairs the Catholic, Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) under the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) attributed the fall of Kenya in the 2019 CPI to corruption.