24 August 2016
More than half of Kenyans would readily give a bribe if confronted with a situation requiring them to do so, a survey has revealed.
A survey firm, Infotrak Kenya, said after a study that of the 54.4 per cent who would readily give a bribe, 45 per cent indicated they would not report the incident or take any action, while 9.4 per cent would take action.
Infotrak revealed the findings on Tuesday at a media briefing in Nairobi, much to the surprise of Kenyans who used social media to remark that they expected a higher percentage of bribe takers than that announced.
The survey also revealed that 39.2 per cent of Kenyans would refuse to give a bribe if confronted with a situation requiring them to give a bribe.
However, of these, 17 per cent would take no action after refusing to give the bribe, while 22.2 per cent claimed they would report the incident.
Of those who would not take any action irrespective of whether they gave a bribe or not, the majority, 52 per cent, indicated that they would not take action because this was the norm.
Another 35 per cent feared the repercussions, while 10 per cent did not know where and how to report the incident.
Regarding corruption, 89 per cent of Kenyans felt that corruption was practiced sometimes or always in the police, with 74 per cent indicating that it was standard practice.
Corruption was also perceived to be extremely prevalent in the national government ministries, as well as the county governments, recording over 75 per cent in both.
Other government institutions perceived as corrupt were the Judiciary and Parliament.
The Executive was not spared either, with Kenyans perceiving the prevalence of corruption in both offices at 51 per cent for the deputy president’s office, compared to 46.4 per cent in the office of the President.
On the best way to deal with corruption, 27 per cent suggested people should refuse to pay bribes, while another 24.4 per cent felt that there was nothing ordinary citizens could do to fight corruption.
A total of 17.4 per cent Kenyans thought the best way to fight corruption was by reporting it, while 10.3 per cent thought the best way to fight corruption was by voting for those leaders or political parties that promised to eradicate corruption.
Further still, 7 per cent of Kenyans felt that people should join or support organisations that fought corruption.
According to the focus group respondents, tough action needed to be taken against those found to be corrupt.
Some actions suggested included hanging, jailing for life, a ban from vying for any public office and being fired, as well as freezing the accounts of the corrupt.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission of Kenya (EACC) received a 50/50 vote of confidence from 47 per cent of Kenyans, while another 38 per cent had no confidence at all in the EACC.
Only 10 per cent of Kenyans had complete confidence in the EACC.
The nationwide survey was commissioned by the Africa Centre for Open Governance to assess public perceptions of select independent commissions, institutions and the three arms of government.