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Public hospitals, Registrar of Persons most corrupt institutions -EACC

In Summary

•82.1 per cent received the service after paying the bribe.

•The EACC has said that the survey was comprehensive, covering all the 47 counties with 5,942 household respondents and 10 key informants, which was conducted from November 16 to December 19, 2018.

EACC chairman Eliud Wabukala and CEO Twalib Mbarak during a past site visit on March 21, 2019
EACC chairman Eliud Wabukala and CEO Twalib Mbarak during a past site visit on March 21, 2019
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The Registrar of Persons tops the list of the most corrupt institutions, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has revealed. 

In the latest Corruption Survey released on Tuesday by the commission, registrar of persons received 19.9 per cent bribes in 2018.

Public Hospitals follows a close second at (19.7 per cent), Police ( 17.2 per cent), Chief's Office (16 per cent) and Ministry of Lands (6.3 per cent).

 
 

Other institutions with registered cases of bribes were County Government Offices (4.7 per cent), Huduma Centers (3.7 per cent) and Ministry of Education at 2.9 per cent.

According to the report, the services that were largely bribed for was obtaining a tender with an average of Sh88,294, Seeking Employment at Sh23,344 and seeking of Government Funds at Sh22,283

Other services were Solving Land Conflict (Sh6,645), Registration/Collection of Land Title Deeds (Sh6,565), Release of Impounded Goods (Sh6,000) and Registration of Business (Sh5,511).

Others in the list were "Seeking To Dismiss a case was at (Sh5,130), Application for a passport (Sh4,626), Bailing of arrested individuals (Sh4,447), Power Connection (Sh4,159), Registering a Group (Sh 3,714), Educational Services (Sh3,558), Taking Driving Test (Sh3,390) and Water Connection Sh3,067.

82.1 per cent of Kenyans received the service after paying the bribe.

EACC said 35 per cent of Kenyans would pay a bribe to get quick services.

 18.7 per cent of Kenyans would bribe to get employment, another 14 per cent will give a general bribe to access services.

 
 

The report further indicates that 9.5 per cent will bribe to hasten services, 9.3 per cent to avoid problems with authorities and 5.9 per cent to avoid police arrest.

While 2.9 per cent of Kenyans bribe to access medical services, 1.6 per cent bribe to obtain an I.D.

Poverty and drought have also been featured in the list with 2.3 per cent of Kenyans reported having sought unethical means in order to deal with the situation.

The survey also shows that 20 per cent of the correspondents paid a bribe to the Registrar of Persons followed closely by those who gave bribe to public hospitals.

The bribe given to the regular police stood at 17 per cent as 16 per cent was registered at chiefs offices compared to 6 per cent to the Ministry of Lands.

According to the survey, the average bribe has dropped from Sh5, 058 recorded in 2017 to Sh3,833 in 2018, the lowest recorded since 2012.

The EACC has said that the survey was comprehensive, covering all the 47 counties with 5,942 household respondents and 10 key informants, which was conducted from November 16 to December 19, 2018.


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