Murang'a Declared Most Corrupt County in EACC 2016 Corruption Survey

  • The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Tuesday declared Murang'a County to be the most corrupt of the 47 counties in the country.

    According to the 2016 Corruption Survey, 90.7 percent of residents of Murang'a answered in the affirmative that they had given and been asked for a bribe.

    84 percent of the respondents from Trans Nzoia conveyed that they had also given and been asked for a bribe making the county second most corrupt in Kenya.

    Mandera, Kirinyaga, Marsabit and Tharaka Nithi Counties were assigned a 79.4, 78.9, 78.2 and 75.7 percent corruption index respectively.

    [caption caption="File image of Murang'a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria"][/caption]

    Other counties that made it to the top 10 list in terms of percentages include Meru (70.8), Laikipia (67.9), Machakos (62.7) and Nyandarua (61.5) respectively.

    The overall prevalence of corruption in the country went up by eight points from 38 percent in 2015 to 46 percent in 2016 according to the current report.

    54 percent of the respondents who participated in the survey revealed that they did not pay the bribe amount solicited.

    The survey also revealed an interesting trend in which demand for bribes increases significantly in an election year and drops drastically in the following year.

    The least corrupt country emerged to be Governor Yassin Fahim Twaha's Lamu County with an index of 5.80 percent.

    Other counties with low occurrences of corruption in percentages were Taita Taveta (8.30), Tana River (12.1), Kericho (12.4), Wajir (14.7), Kwale (16.2), Elgeyo Marakwet (17.4), Kisii (19.2), Migori (19.9) and Kilifi (20.5).

    [caption caption="File image of EACC Chair Rtd. Archbishop Eliud Wabukala holding a meeting with World Bank officials"][/caption]