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Insecurity, corruption and un-employment Kenya's biggest challenges

03 July 2015, 08:28 Mike Munga

Nairobi - Insecurity, corruption and un-employment remain the biggest challenges that must be addressed by the national government, according to the opinion poll released Thursday by Transparency International.

In the survey, 32 percent of respondents feel that the national government should address insecurity, 28 percent corruption while 23 percent feel that un-employment and poverty must be addressed immediately.

However, at the County level, 25 percent of respondents sampled from 16 counties feel that the devolved units should address corruption and nepotism first.

Other issues the County government should give priority according to the report are infrastructure and un-employment.

59% of Kenyans drawn from more than 2000 respondents feel that the biggest threat to devolution is corruption and mismanagement of funds.

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21 percent of respondents feel that citizens are the most trusted to drive anti-corruption, followed by the media and Presidency at 19 percent.

“Considering the high level of public concern on corruption at the County level and perception of the vice as the biggest threat to devolution, there’s need to prioritise County anti-corruption efforts,” said TI-Kenya Executive Director, Samuel Kimeu during the launch of the opinion poll.

He added that other than enforcement of existing anti-corruption legislation and development of other requisite laws on access to information, whistleblower protection and public participation among others, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and other complaints agencies such as the Commission on Administrative Justice should expand operations at the County level.

“Their presence at the counties does not necessitate establishment of new offices; instead they should build strategic partnerships with County governments, other state agencies and civil society organisations to expand complaints reporting and redress mechanisms. These agencies should also prioritise the use of ICT to further broaden reporting of corruption and maladministration,” he said.

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