NAIROBI, march 16 (NNN-KBC) — The Interior Ministry has been ranked as the most corrupt ministry in Kenya’s public service according to a survey carried out by the country’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
The poll saw the Interior Ministry seen by 40.3 per cent of respondents as corrupt, with the Ministry of Health coming second at 14.3 per cent while the Lands Ministry closes out the top three most corrupt ministries at 11 per cent.
The Devolution Ministry, which is currently rocked by a number of scandals, ranked sixth among the most corrupt ministries.
Among the county governments, Murang’a County led by its embattled governor, Mwangi wa Iria, ranked top followed by Embu County where Martin Wambora is the governor.
Bomet County comes third, followed by Kisii County and Wajir County rounded up the top five most corrupt counties, according to the poll.
Meanwhile, three out of every four Kenyans believe corruption levels in the country are very high with nearly half of them thinking that the menace is in fact increasing.
According to the poll by the EACC, about 74 per cent of respondents believe that levels of corruption are very high in the public service sector while only 5.6 per cent think that there is no cause for alarm.
Giving and taking of bribes are the leading forms of graft as cited by 96 per cent of the respondents who came from 46 of the country’s 47 counties, while embezzlement of public funds, taking of bribes, misappropriation of public funds, and abuse of office, tax evasion and procurement irregularities are some of the corruption avenues cited by those interviewed.
However, there is a glimmer of hope as the level of graft cases in the country has dropped from 73 per cent in 2014 to 66 per cent of last year, according to the survey report.