Corruption in East African Community - The least Country Rwanda!


Corruption is a grave offense that destabilizes a nation’s political and economic equilibrium by diverting public sector funds, posing a significant threat to enduring peace.

The East African Community (EAC) now comprises eight countries: Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and the newly admitted Somalia. This post will focus on four EAC countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya.

We have extracted the most recent data from Transparency International (TI), a non-governmental organization that publishes the annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI ranks countries based on their perceived levels of public sector corruption, with 100 indicating very clean and 0 indicating highly corrupt.

Rwanda, known for its zero-tolerance policy towards corruption, ranks the highest among the EAC countries with a score of 54. The Rwandan government’s commitment to combating corruption is evident in its actions, such as the recent sentencing of a Permanent Secretary to five years in prison for corruption.

Here’s his tweet from May 6, 2022, where he apologizes to the President and the public:

‘Nyakubahwa Umukuru w’uRwanda @PaulKagame, Narahemutse. Umutima wanze kumpa amahwemo. Bavandimwe, Nshuti zanjye, namwe abankurikira kuri uru rubuga, Nakoze icyaha cyo kwakira indonke. Nkaba ntafite irindi jambo navuga usibye Kubasaba mwese imbabazi. Ndatakambye.’

Following Rwanda, Tanzania ranks second with a score of 94, followed by Kenya with 123, and Uganda with 142.

These reports are crucial for investors looking to invest in the EAC, a community of over 300 million people. Stay tuned for our next post, where we’ll delve into the services most prone to corruption. Until then, stay informed and stay safe!"


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