Africa: Rwanda ranks fourth on corruption index

APA-Kigali (Rwanda)

Rwanda was ranked at the 48th place at global level and 4th in Africa on the scale of corruption perception index for 2018 obtained Thursday from the Berlin-based corruption watchdog - Transparency International.

The 2018 Corruption Perception Index, a global index that measures the level of corruption across the world, shows that in East Africa, Rwanda is the least corrupt country.

The latest index shows that Rwanda has improved by one point to score 56 out of 100, making it one of the five least corrupt countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"Analysis of the index results indicates that countries with the lowest protections for press and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also tend to have the worst rates of corruption," Transparency International said.

Commenting on the new ranking , the Chairperson of Transparency International Rwanda, Marie Immaculee Ingabire recommended more efforts to mobilise the citizenry to know what they are entitled to, and come up to report in case anyone seeks any form of inducement to offer a public service.

"Although Rwanda is keeping its performance, be it on the regional, continental or global level, corruption is still there, and the most affected are those with very limited income who cannot afford its cost," she said.

Denmark and New Zealand top the index globally with 88 and 87 points, respectively.

Somalia, South Sudan and Syria are at the bottom of the index, with 10, 13 and 13 points, respectively.


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