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Bribery remains high in Kenya, but 93% of citizens will not report
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Nairobi – 25th October, 2013 – Despite the fact that bribery remains high in Kenya, only seven in 100 Kenyans will report or complain if they encountered bribery according to the East African Bribery Index 2013.  

Uganda is the country in East Africa where a citizen seeking public services encounters the highest likelihood of bribery at 26.8%. This was the same position held last year but with a higher aggregate. Burundi moved two spots up to take position two with an aggregate of 18.6%. Tanzania (12.9%) came in at third while Kenya was fourth with (7.9%) with each moving down a spot, again with relatively lower aggregates.  Rwanda remains at position five but was the only country in the region that had an increased aggregate, 4.4%, up from 2.5% in 2012.

Download The East African Bribery Index 2013 full report 

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 Likelihood countries


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.

Key findings:

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.

Aggregate index

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.

why did you pay a bribe

 

 Reporting bribery

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%. 

Did you report

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.

 2012 vs 2013

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.

Projected levels of corruption in the next 1 year - 2

Next steps

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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Download The East African Bribery Index 2013 full report 

Download an infographic presenting key Kenya findings of The East African Bribery Index 2013 

Read the Frequently Asked Questions on The East African Bribery Index 2013

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  • Comment Link mark Saturday, 29 March 2014 20:24 posted by mark

    Great findings, "25% of kenyans think that corruption will get worse" was the most interesting fact in the report.

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