Corruption in Kenyan society has grown roots at large and become endemic. Institutions, which were established for the regulation of the relationships between state and the citizens, are being misused for personal enrichment of public officials and other corrupt private agents.
Corruption in Kenya is persistent primarily because there are people in power who benefit from it and the existing governance institutions lack both the will and ability to prevent them from doing so. This work takes a governance and development perspective to analytically examine the causes and consequences of corruption in Kenya. It identifies the key factors (such as absence of strong and effective democratic institutions, centralized power, lack of public accountability, and impunity) and synthesizes and analyses available data, indicators, and other information in that regard.
Status of corruption in Kenya
Corruption in the post-colonial Kenyan government has a history which spans the era of the Jomo Kenyatta and Daniel Arap Moi KANU governments to Mwai Kibaki’s government. In the Corruption Perception Index 2012 Kenya is ranked 139th out of 176 countries for corruption, tied with Azerbaijan, Nepal, Nigeria, and Pakistan (least corrupt countries are at the top of the list).
Despite the existence of Anti-Corruption Commission –formerly the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) established in 2003 and reframed in 2011 as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and several other measures have been put in place to try to tackle the corruption problem.
Below are some of the decided cases involving corruption?