Most East Africans don’t report graft cases – report

December 4, 2014 3:28 pm
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The East African Bribery Index shows that in Kenya, 27pc of the respondents said they did not know where to report while in Tanzania the highest proportion of respondents at 28pc felt that no action would be taken/FILE
The East African Bribery Index shows that in Kenya, 27pc of the respondents said they did not know where to report while in Tanzania the highest proportion of respondents at 28pc felt that no action would be taken/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – A new report by Transparency International shows that 90 percent of East Africans do not report corruption cases or even make a complaint.

The East African Bribery Index shows that in Kenya, 27pc of the respondents said they did not know where to report while in Tanzania the highest proportion of respondents at 28pc felt that no action would be taken.

The survey covered over 10,000 respondents in all the East African countries.

Releasing the report, the Executive Director of Transparency International Kenya Samuel Kimeu said most of the people interviewed felt that lack of decisive action against corrupt government officials was their main reason for not reporting the cases.

“In Burundi and Uganda 18p and 33pc respectively, did not report because they were beneficiaries of the bribery deal and in Rwanda 29pc were afraid of self -incrimination,” he said.

He recommended that “there is need to establish and strengthen avenues where citizens can lodge corruption complaints and seek redress.”

“The existing mechanisms are seemingly unknown to the citizens or in cases where they are known, do not inspire public confidence.”

Kimeu pointed out that complaint channels should be publicized and procedures involved explained to the public.

Notably, Kenya police were put on spot as the highest beneficiaries of corrupt practices at 43.5 percent which accounts for almost half of all bribes paid in the country.

The police also claimed the largest stake of bribes paid in the other four countries is as follows: Burundi (30pc), Rwanda (28.8pc), Tanzania (25.6pc) and Uganda (23.7pc).

“In Kenya and Uganda, the highest proportion of respondents said that they paid a bribe since it was the only way to access the services they were seeking at 31pc and 46pc respectively,” he pointed out.

In corruption ratings, land services emerged second at 9.9 percent followed closely by the Judiciary at 11.6 percent in the region.

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