Regional private sector told to address corruption

Thursday February 19 2015

By Dorothy Nakaweesi

KAMPALA. East African Community secretary general Richard Sezibera has advised the private sector to address the issue of corruption which is a big challenge in the community.
While meeting members of the private sector through their umbrella organisation East African Business Council in Nairobi yesterday, Mr Sezibera said: “The private sector needs to develop a code of conduct that they themselves will monitor.”
In this regard, he urged the private sector in the region to consider the draft code of conduct that has been prepared by the EABC.

Corruption index
The Corruption Perception Index in 2014 rankings for EAC countries, shows Rwanda was a top performer with a score of 49 at position 55 globally. Tanzania was second with a score of 31 at position 119, Uganda followed at 142 with a score of 26 then Kenya. Burundi was at the bottom of the pack with a score of 20 at number 159. All the EAC countries dropped in score except Uganda whose score remained unchanged.
The highest scoring country in sub Saharan Africa was Botswana with a score of 63 followed by Cape Verde (57) and Seychelles (55). Kenya is ranked 35th in sub Saharan Africa.
Mr Sezibera also challenged the sector to dedicate 2015 to issues that affect the business environment in the region that could be brought to the attention of the EAC heads of State for their interventions at their summit on November 30.