Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission carried out a survey to determine the most corrupt counties in Kenya and as expected, the results didn’t shock most of us.
The anti-corruption commission discovered that most corrupt counties perceive graft practices as a normal routine or pathway to get to whatever destination people plan to reach.
According to the survey report, 81 per cent of the commission’s respondents noted that all graft acts are common in their different regions in Kenya, including substandard service delivery, tribalism, implementation of trashy-built projects and theft or misappropriation of funds.
The reports state that Garissa county is the county with the most corrupt governments. The commission’s further studies in the county, show that 9 out of 10 respondents in Garissa county, which the commission used as its sample size, confirmed that certain corrupt practices were common among public officers.
Coming in second is Kisii where 78.99% of respondents answered in the affirmative that public officers show they are corrupt. 75.23 % respondents in Nyamira confirmed that their government officials are way corrupt in discharging their duties, positioning the county in the third place.
Nyamira is followed by Narok (71.01%), Marsabit 65.49%, Murang’a 63.53%, Bomet 61.22%, Nairobi 60.96%, Kiambu 59.91% and Homa Bay 59.14%, dominating the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth positions respectively.
A good number of counties have apparently joined the incumbent government in the fight against corruption as respondents say the rate of graft by the government officers in these regions has reduced dramatically.
According to the National Ethics and Corruption Survey 2015, the public officers in Kericho, Machakos, and Nandi were rated not very corrupt compared to their counterparts in other counties.
With 4.95% in Nandi, 5.62% in Kericho and 6. 86% in Machakos, the three counties recorded the least observations of corrupt practices in public offices. Embu, Bomet, Kisii and Wajir were named also, as counties where it is most probable that officials take bribes.
Respondents explained that in Elgeyo Marakwet, there exists tribalism as the people show strong derogatory loyalty to the locals. For instance, non Keiyos or Marakwets are treated as non-essential for being unfavoured in bursaries.
Also, the governor and senator are both from Marakwet so typical Marakwets locals receive preferential treatment in job recruitment.
Respondents in West Pokot county claim their leaders are corrupt. They hinted that those in control of power in the area gather county lands or plots as well as ones in Kitengela and Trans Nzoia for themselves, using stolen money.
The respondents pointed accusing fingers at executives who are constructing houses in West Pokot’s Bendera area. They described them as the most corrupt set in the area.
They also added that some projects involving the construction of schools, hotel, for county assembly were approved so that contractors will repay them illegally for facilitating such transactions or contracts.
The study also shows that Bomet county was embarking on intense wastage because of inadequacy and poor inspecting committee that would serve as a watchdog to keep an eye on all the money at the county government level.
The county public officials are also not protected, thanks to the powers vested in governors. There were records of irregularities in procurement in Kakamega. The county also recorded some heartrending graft practices including abuse of power, bribery, and theft of funds amounting to between Sh5 million and Sh10 million.
The misappropriation of public fund resulted from procurement offices in all departments in the county. This is link to mammoth competition existing among traders and suppliers involved in the purchase. Turkana government was not left out in the graft survey.
According to the study, it is a common practice among the county government officials who have power or influence to favour their relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.
Also, Turkana government was also accused by EACC respondents of employing only those deemed politically correct.