Super Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i’s Ministry has retained top position as the most corrupt government ministry.
This is according to a 2018 survey by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) released on Tuesday. It indicated that the Interior ministry had a corruption perception index of 47.5 percent.
Ironically, incidences of corruption in the Interior ministry declined by 17.9 percent over the last one year, from 64.7 percent in 2017.
Matiang’i’s docket was followed by Health with a corruption perception index of 17.9 per cent and Agriculture at 13.8 percent.
Incidences of graft in the Health Ministry headed by Sicily Kariuki declined from 27.8 percent in 2017 to 17.9 percent.
The Agriculture Ministry, headed by Mwangi Kiunjuri, slid further into corruption, taking third place in the survey conducted in December 2018.
The Lands ministry, which is in the hands of Farida Karoney, posted a significant decline in incidences of graft, from 23.9 per cent in 2017 to 11 percent in 2018.
The remaining top 10 most corrupt ministries are Transport (10.4 percent), Education (6.8 percent), Devolution (6.1 percent), Defence (4.5 percent), National Treasury (4.2 percent) and Energy (3.8 per cent).
According to the survey, the bottom of the list were the Environment, Petroleum and Mining, Tourism and Wildlife ministries, all at 0.3 percent, and the ICT and Industrialisation ministries at 0.1 percent.
The 2018 Corruption Survey report also listed counties, government departments and agencies where one is most likely to encounter corruption and unethical practices.
The most corrupt govt agencies are Kenya Police (39.6 per cent), Kenya Power (12.9 per cent) , National Hospital Insurance Fund (11.1 per cent) and the National Youth Service (9.5 per cent).
The survey indicates that one is most likely to be asked for a bribe at the courts (8.6 per cent), National Land Commission (8.1 per cent) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (6.8 per cent).
On Counties, EACC put Tana River at the top of the list at 3.76 per cent followed by Kilifi with 2.17 per cent.
Chances of paying a bribe in Lamu stands at 1.9 per cent, which puts it at third place tied with Wajir.
Kisii, Vihiga, Garissa, Laikipia and Mandera counties round up the list of counties with high potential of asking bribe from the locals.
Samburu, Nyamira, Kisumu, Embu, Homabay Baringo and Isiolo are listed as counties with the least cases of corruption.
According to EACC, the average bribe recorded in 2018 was Sh 3,833 compared to Sh 5,000 recorded in the previous year.
Respondents were drawn from 5,942 homes in all the 47 counties, and the research conducted between November 16 and December 19, 2018.
Speaking at their Integrity House headquarters in Nairobi, EACC Chairman Eliud Wabukala said the data would strengthen Kenya’s anti-corruption strategy.