Breaking: South Sudan ranked the most corrupt nation in E. Africa region

President Salva Kiir Mayardit |Photo: © Thessherald

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has once again been ranked the most corrupt country in the East African region, followed by Somalia in the Horn of Africa.

A 2020 report by Transparency International ranked the country the second most corrupt across the globe, followed by Somalia. Syria took the lead.

The Corruption Perception Index (CPI), ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, drawing on 13 expert assessments and surveys of business executives.

It uses a scale of 0 to 100, zero being the score for the most corrupt. A score below 50 indicates serious levels of corruption in the public sector.

In the latest report, Rwanda was ranked the least corrupt in East Africa with 54 points and was followed by Tanzania with 38, Kenya with 31, Uganda 27 and Burundi 19.

S. Sudan, Somalia draw 12-12, ranked as most corrupt nations on Earth

A report released by Transparency International says that South Sudan and Somalia are the most corrupt countries in the world, with each scoring 12 points on the Corruption Perceptions Index.

According to the report obtained by Thessherald, the two countries were followed by Syria with a score of 14, followed by Yemen and Venezuela which share the same scores of 15.

“The data shows that despite some progress, most countries still fail to tackle corruption effectively,” the group said in a statement.

Most countries have made “little to no progress” in tackling corruption in nearly a decade, a new report by Transparency International says.
The Berlin-based nonprofit group ranks countries on a scale of zero to 100, with 100 being the least corrupt.

The least corrupt countries are Denmark and New Zealand, with both scoring 88. They were followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, with scores of 85.
South Sudan has been ranked for three years in a row as one of the most corrupt countries in the entire world

The report says that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been used by governments as a tool of corruption

“COVID-19 is not just a health and economic crisis. It is a corruption crisis. And one that we are currently failing to manage,” Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International said.

“The past year has tested governments like no other in memory, and those with higher levels of corruption have been less able to meet the challenge. But even those at the top of the CPI must urgently address their role in perpetuating corruption at home and abroad.”