Even though a majority (64%) of those surveyed thought corruption is high in Kenya, majority of respondents (46%) were optimistic about the coming year, projecting that the levels of corruption in the country would decrease. Only 25% of the respondents felt that corruption levels would increase.
Corruption by sector
Kenya Police is the institution most affected by bribery in Kenya with a score of 70.2 on a scale of 0 to 100 with 100 being the worst score. Lands services (46.7), Judiciary (38.8) Registry & Licensing services (33.3) and City & local councils (27.2) complete the top five positions on the aggregate index respectively.
Why Kenyans Pay bribes
For respondents who reported to have paid a bribe, majority (36%) said they paid bribes to hasten up service. 26% reported to have paid a bribe because they felt that paying bribes was the only way to access service, 18% paid a bribe to avoid trouble with authorities while 11% paid a bribe because it was expected.
Only 7% of respondents who encountered bribery said they would report. When asked why they did not report any of the bribery incidences they encountered, majority of the respondents (27%) said they knew no action would be taken if they reported. Other reasons given included ‘I did not know where to report’ (17%), ‘I was a beneficiary’ (16%), ‘it did not occur to me that I should report’ and ‘fear of intimidation/reprisal’ each at 13%.
Levels of corruption in their countries, future outlook
Majority of the respondents (64%) termed the current state of corruption in Kenya as high, compared to 41% who gave the same response in 2012. The reverse was seen in the medium category where in 2013, only 26% returned this response compared to 43% in 2012 who thought the level of corruption was medium.
Majority of respondents in Kenya (46%) were optimistic about the coming year, projecting that the levels of corruption in the country would decrease. Only 25% of the respondents felt that corruption levels would increase.
The East African Bribery Index is a snapshot of corruption in the region or in a country and is not institution-specific. Therefore, in order to understand the extent and scope of corruption in an institution, TI national chapters and partners in the five East African countries are available to conduct an institutional integrity study to identify systematic weaknesses that may predispose the institution to corrupt practices. TI national chapters and partners in the five East African countries welcome partnerships with public institutions aimed at comprehensively identifying and strengthening internal systems and procedures to curb corruption
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