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Majority believe corruption is high

24 October 2013, 19:07

Nairobi - Majority of Kenyans believe corruption in the country is high.

This is according to the East African Bribery Index 2013, which ABUCO, a local chapter of the Transparency International, released on Thursday

According to the findings, 64 percent of Kenyans describe the current levels of corruption in their country as high.

On the other hand, 46 percent of the population is optimistic that corruption levels would decrease in the coming year.

According to ABUCO, bribery was rife in the region.

"Bribery remains a key challenge for East Africans to access public services," said Noel Nkuruziza, the President of ABUCO.

The police continued with their adverse performance across the region.

This year, police took the first five bribery positions on sector and organizational ranking.

This is the first time a single institution or sector performs uniformly poor across all the countries.

In Kenya, however, it emerged Land services officials were most likely to take bribes.

The East African Bribery report 2013 as released on Wednesday was an attestation that bribery remains a challenge in the region.

The citizens still encounter informal charges and levies as a pre-condition bribery. Bribery is most likely a manifestation of deeper governance challenge. As this remains the situation, the governments in the region have in the recent years expended a lot of financial resources
and legislative attention in combating corruption. The reasonable conclusion is that these resources and efforts are not bearing fruit as

Transparency International and its partners across East Africa called for a serious introspection on the current efforts with a view to strengthen
them as may be appropriate.

- CAJ News


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