Kenya police perceived as the most corrupt govt institution
15 April 2015, 10:42
Nairobi - Kenya police is perceived as the most corrupt government institution, Afrobarometer survey indicates.
According to the survey, government officials, members of parliament and business executives are also corrupt.
The findings that were read by Dr. Joshua Kivuva from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration in the University of Nairobi Tuesday indicated that 75 percent of respondents thought the police are corrupt.
46 percent said government officials are corrupt while 45 percent said members of parliament are corrupt.
He said 38 percent view business executives as the most corrupt among non-state actors.
"The report indicates that majority of Kenyans think corruption has increased over the past year and that ordinary citizens and the media can help in the fight against corruption," said Kivuva.
He regretted that majority of Kenyans do not report bribery incidences for fear of facing the consequences, while others think nothing will happen even if they report them.
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The survey indicates that 58 percent of Kenyans believe ordinary citizens can make a difference in the fight against corruption either by reporting the vice or desisting from giving bribes.
Executive Director Transparency International, Samuel Kimeu said Kenya is facing corruption challenges because there lacks good channels to fight it.
Kimeu added that the insecurity being witnessed in the country is tied to corruption.
"There is lack of upholding chapter six of the constitution which has now been amended until it lost value; one can't differentiate it from the older one," he said.
He urged policy makers to reflect on the issues and instill necessary standards that will take the country forward.
Afrobarometer is an African-led research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues across more than 30 countries in Africa.
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