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Police are Kenya’s most corrupt institution: TI

By on December 10, 2010

Most Kenyans perceive their police force is the most corrupt institution in the nation, a poll by a global anti-graft watchdog said on Thursday, but many also have faith in government efforts to fight the vice.

Another study published in October by TI-Kenya indicated that 97 percent of Kenyans viewed corruption as a major problem bogging down east Africa’s biggest economy.

Its police force has dominated the separate Kenyan Bribery index launched in 2002 as the worst offender.

“On a scale of 1- 5 (1 being not corrupt and 5 being extremely corrupt), the Kenya police got an average score of 4.6 indicating a perception of extremely corrupt,” TI said in a statement.

Political parties, the judiciary and parliament were all seen to be graft-ridden with an average score of 3.8, it said.

Kenya has for years topped Transparency International’s (TI) annual list of graft-prone countries in the region, but was third in 2010 behind tiny Burundi.

Surprisingly, however, people from east Africa’s biggest economy gave the government of President Mwai Kibaki a thumbs up in the fight against corruption, which have taken on new urgency.

“When asked to assess their government’s efforts to tackle corruption … 70 percent of Kenyan respondents deemed the government anti-corruption efforts as effective,” TI said.

This was in contrast with the response in most other countries, where the global average was 29 percent, TI-Kenya said.

“While 56 percent of the respondents worldwide and said that corruption in their countries had increased over the past three years, 48 percent of Kenyans polled felt it had decreased.”

The group said the optimism in Kenya was mainly due to the new constitution, which was promulgated in August after a peaceful and transparent referendum.

The Global Barometer Corruption Barometer 2010 covered 86 countries, across 91,781 individuals. In Kenya 1,000 individuals were polled.

Kenya as stepped up its anti-graft efforts with several ministers stepping aside to allow for investigations.


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