The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Tuesday released results of a survey on corruption in the Kenyan government.
Most corrupt gov't department revealed, Police ranked at position 3
The department receives the highest number of bribes
According to the EACC report, the government department which receives the highest number of bribes is the Registrar of Persons with a score of 19.9% of all bribes given by Kenyans.
The Registrar of Persons falls under the Immigration Department within the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of Government. The department is charged with issuing birth certificates, national identity cards among other roles.
At position two, 19.7% of the Kenyans polled reported that they had given bribes at Public Hospitals.
The third ranking corrupt body was the police. 17.2% of those polled reported that they had given bribes to regular police.
Also with a score above 15% was the local chief's office or a village elder who were ranked as the fourth most corrupt government officials having received bribes from 16% of the Kenyans polled.
Kenyans think Police are the most corrupt - EACC
The figures, however, differed from the general perception of Kenyans over which are the most corrupt government institutions.
"On Government Departments and Agencies, one is most likely to encounter corrupt and unethical practices with the Kenya Police (39.6%), Kenya Power and Lighting Company (12.9%), National Hospital Insurance Fund (11.1%), National Youth Service (9.5%), Courts (8.6%) and National Land Commission (8.1%) and Kenya Revenue Authority (6.8%) respectively," the report outlined.
Overall, the Ministry of Interior was ranked as the most corrupt followed by followed by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, Ministry of Lands and Ministry of Transport & Infrastructure.
Average amount of a bribe in Kenya is Sh3,800 - EACC 2019 Corruption Survey
The EACC survey found that the average amount of a bribe in Kenya stood at Sh3,833.14.
"The average bribe paid dropped further from KES 5,058.75 in the 2017 Survey to stand at KES 3,833.14 in 2018 this being the lowest recorded since 2012," the survey stated in part.
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