KENYA’S ANTI-CORRUPTION BODY SAYS POLICE DEPT HAS HIGHEST RATE OF REPORTED CORRUPTION CASES

NAIROBI — Kenya’s Police Department has the highest rate of reported corruption cases among public sector entities, according to a survey report released by the country’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The report of the 2016 survey released here Tuesday indicates that the Police General Duties division had been rated at 30.2 per cent in corruption cases, followed by the Police Traffic Department at 29.0 per cent and the National Government Administration Office at 22.8 per cent.

In launching the report, EACC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Halakhe Waqo said that there is an increase in the number of people seeking government services, thus leading to a high rate of corruption.

The increase in services has led to some government ministries and departments having a high rate of corruption. Eighty per cent of Kenyans think that corruption is high, with an increase in corruption in application for Identity Cards (ID), birth certificates, medical attention, registration of title deeds and traffic operations, explained Waqo.

He also said that the Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Ministry was the most corrupt Ministry at 45.9 per cent followed by the Ministry of Health at 33.0 per cent.

This shows us that there is decline in government commitment to fight corruption compared with the previous year, 2015, added Waqo.

EACC Chairperson Eliud Wabukhala urged Kenyans to avoid last minute rush activities since this habit acts as an advantage for some government workers to ask for bribes.

Wabukhala further stated that poor planning in some private organizations and public offices is the main cause of corruption. The survey will help EACC identify corrupt prone zones hence enabling it to combat the vice. The report is also about Kenyans interests as it will identify areas that are greatly affected hence helping us to fight corruption, said Wabukhala.

The survey was conducted between September 17 and 25, 2016, in more than 5,000 households across Kenya.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK