- Transparency International has released its 2019 Corruption Perception Index and lists two African countries as the most corrupt
- The report indicated that Somalia and South Sudan had the lowest scores of 9/100 and 12/100 respectively.
- The report also listed the countries with the highest scores as New Zealand and Denmark with scores of 87/100 each.
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The 2019 rankings revealed by Transparency International (TI) shows that three African countries were recognized as the most corrupt in the year 2019.
The countries, Somalia and South Sudan achieved scores of 9/100 and 12/100 respectively.
The rankings peg a country with a zero score as the most corrupt and that with a 100 score as the least corrupt.
TI’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) analyzed levels of corruption in 180 countries and concluded that New Zealand and Denmark were the best performing countries with scores of 87/100 each.
It observed that low CPI scores were associated with higher concentration of power among the rich in the country.
However, countries with high scores are not free from corruption as some recorded multiple scandals.
Countries that had showed signs of significant improvement in eliminating corruption were listed as Greece, Guyana and Estonia.
Countries that had declined in the fight against corruption were Canada, Nicaragua and Australia.
TI, therefore, called on the government to engage citizens in the decision making processes in a bid to reduce if not eliminate corruption.
In other news, the prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK), Boris Johnson, has revealed that Chinese technology firm, Huawei, can operate its 5G network in the country.
This comes in the wake of an attempt by the United States of America (USA) to ensure that the Chinese company is excluded from next-communication generation plans by the West.
In apparent defiance to America’s stance on the eve of Brexit, UK stated that Huawei, one of the “high-risk vendors”, would be allowed into the non-sensitive parts of the 5G network.
It has been disclosed that the involvement of such operations in UK’s telecommunications space would be capped at 35%.
Per a report by reuters.com, Huawei's service would be excluded from all critical networks and locations such as nuclear sites and military bases.
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