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County Governments giving police ‘competition’ in graft – survey

The survey conducted between May 31 and June 8, 2016 targeted 1,500 respondents in 25 counties/FILE

The survey conducted between May 31 and June 8, 2016 targeted 1,500 respondents in 25 counties/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya August 23- Majority of Kenyans feel that corruption is practiced mostly by the police.

The survey by Infotrak Research and Consultancy that was commissioned by the Africa Centre for Open Governance and Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice Shows that 89 percent of respondents feel that police practice most corruption, 78 percent think it’s the County Government’s and 67 percent County Assemblies.

The survey conducted between May 31 and June 8, 2016 targeted 1,500 respondents in 25 counties.

National Government ministries follow closely with 73.4 percent indicating that corruption is practiced sometimes in these ministries. 72.1 percent of Kenyans feel that corruption is prevalent in the Judiciary while 68.2 percent feel the same about corruption in Parliament.

“Prevalence of corruption is perceived to exist in the office of the Deputy President at 51 percent compared to 46.4 percent in the Office of the President.”

The sentiments that corruption has increased over the past year run across the board, only 14.4 percent of Kenyans feel that corruption has decreased while 11.4 percent feel corruption has remained the same since last year.

“Of those who feel that corruption has decreased, most emanated from Eastern; 28.8 percent and of those who feel that corruption has remained the same, Central with had the most with 17.2 percent, Eastern with 16.9 percent and Rift Valley with 14.5 percent.

“All in all corruption was a major issue of concern across the country with 51 percent of those in Western mentioning at as a major issue, 49 percent of those in Nairobi, and 46 percent of those in Rift valley, Eastern and North eastern respectively also mentioning it as a top most issue.”

According to the focus group the three topmost issues that Kenyans want the Jubilee government to work on are: The economy, corruption and insecurity.

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