Politics and policy
Demand for bribes in Kenya on the rise, report says
Posted Friday, August 17 2012 at 17:37
Top ten most likely to demand bribes
1. Police officers (34.6 per cent)
2. Immigration officers (14.3 per cent)
3. Provincial administrators (11.8 per cent)
4. Judges and magistrates (11 per cent)
5. Council askaris (9.3 per cent)
6. Health practitioners (7.1 per cent)
7. Human resource managers (3.6 per cent)
8. Land registrars (1.9 per cent)
9. Education officers (1 per cent)
10. Businesspeople (1 per cent)
Police officers have topped government officials who ask for bribes before they can render services shows a new survey released by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
The National Corruption Perception Survey report released by the anti-corruption watchdog also shows that corruption is on the increase in the country.
The report, based on the results of a survey conducted country wide between August 29 and September 30 last year shows that 34.6 per cent of the respondents said that police officers ask for favours followed by immigration officers at 14.3 per cent.
Provincial administrators follow at 11.8 per cent, judges and magistrates at 11 per cent and council askaris at 9.3 per cent.
“Comparatively, the level of corruption is higher today than it was one year ago. Whereas 61.8 per cent of the respondents rate the level of corruption to be high, the corresponding proportion was 49.9 per cent in 2010,” notes the EACC report.
EACC said that 54.5 per cent of the respondents indicated that the level of corruption in Kenya increased in the last one year compared to 39.2 per cent in 2010.
According to the report, health practitioners also ask for bribes according to 7.1 per cent of the respondents, human resource managers follow at 3.6 per cent and land registrars at 1.9 per cent.
Education officers and businesspeople also ask for bribes according to 1 per cent of the respondents respectively to make the top ten list of those who request for favours in exchange for services.