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Police took half the bribes in 2014

05 December 2014, 10:50

Nairobi - Police institutions in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania are ranked the most corrupt according to a report released Thursday by Transparency International.

The East African Bribery Index 2014 stated that in Kenya, police took almost half of all bribes paid in nine institutions amounting to 43.5 percent.

Land ministry was second at 11.9% while the Judiciary came third at 11.6 %.

The survey which included more than 10 000 respondents also indicated that apart from the Police, Land, Judiciary, Registry and Licencing services were prone to bribery in Kenya.

Executive Director Transparency International Kenya, Samuel Kimeu who read the findings said that 31 percent of Kenyan citizens said the reason for giving bribes was to receive the services they needed.

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Asked why they were not able to report the incidents, 27 percent said they did not to know where to report.

"Fewer East Africans are reporting cases of bribery, even as access to basic services in the region continue to be hampered by the vice," he said.

German Ambassador, Andreas Peschke said the East African Bribery Index is against corruption and not the governments as their main aim is to help the government fight corruption.

He condemned the recent alleged corruption scandal in Kenya involving IEBC and KNEC against a Britain printing company saying the money could have been used for other purposes.

Netherlands Ambassador, Joost Reintjes said the war against corruption must focus on the recipient and the one giving it.

Kenya's Attorney General, Githu Muigai in a statement read by Deputy Solicitor General, Christine Agimba said the government is ready to fight corruption and has facilitated Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to foresee the onslaught on corruption.

He also said the office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has been allocated enough financial resources to allow it work effectively.

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