MPs trail police as most corrupt government officials in Kenya

MPs trail police at 47% as most corrupt government officials in Kenya

The majority of Kenyans have a strong perception that their Members of Parliament are the most corrupt government officials in the country at 47 percent.

MPs trail police officers who take the lead at 68 percent, followed by MCAs at 46%, KRA 39%, Judges and Magistrates at 35%, President and officials in office 33%, Religious leaders at 15% and Traditional leaders at 14%.

The finding is based on research which was conducted by AfroBarometer, a Pan-Africa survey and research organisaiton.

Kenyans expressed their views that the Jubilee Administration under President Uhuru Kenyatta has done very little to tackle corruption in the country.

A year after President Kenyatta took office, 66 percent of Kenyans agreed the state was doing little to handle graft compared to 79 percent five years later (2019).

56 percent of Kenyans say they bribed police to obtain services. 49 percent bribed to get ID cards, and 39 percent bribed to avoid problems with the police.

Another 24 percent had to bribe to get medical care and 18 percent bribed to get school services 

Kenyans fear reporting corruption cases to the relevant authority for fear of retaliation or other negative consequences.

The research firm interviewed 2,400 adult Kenyans between August-September 2019.

“A sample of this size yields country-level results with a margin of error of +/-2 percentage points at a 95% confidence level, reads the report.

Around 81 percent of those who took part in the survey feared retaliation, and 18 percent had no problem reporting whereas 1 percent did not know about reporting such cases.

The Afrobarometer team in Kenya is based at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi,

Afrobarometer provides data on African experiences and evaluations of democracy, governance, and quality of life.

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Lawrence Baraza is a prolific writer with competencies in Digital Media, Print, and Broadcast. Baraza is also a Communication Practitioner currently spearheading Digital content on Metropol TV's Digital Desk.

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