The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) launched the Survey Report on Corruption and Ethics in Devolved Services: County Public Officers Experiences, on 17th August 2016.
The Commission conducted the Corruption and Ethics Survey in Devolved Services between April and June 2015 following anecdotal evidence based on media reports suggesting that corruption, unethical practices and other malpractices are taking root and increasing with the uptake and spread of devolved services and devolved functions at the County level in Kenya. The Survey was carried out in order to have a better understanding of corruption, unethical practices and other malpractices in devolved services.
The overall objective of the Survey was to map out corruption prone areas and unethical practices in the County public service delivery. The Survey focused on corruption and unethical practices in County Government Departments. The target respondents for the Survey were county employees. A total of 4,965 County employees were interviewed in the various Departments.
The Study findings show that corruption levels are perceived to be moderately high in County Governments. Procurement, finance, public service board, roads and public works are the County Government Departments that are mostly prone to corruption.
The most prevalent forms of corruption include bribery, theft of revenue collected, procurement irregularities (bid rigging, inflation of prices, splitting of tenders to meet threshold, tampering with clients documents), favoritism and nepotism during recruitment, shoddy roads/bridges construction and conflict of interest in awarding of County tenders and employment.
The Report recommended the following:- i. Development and implementation of anti-bribery compliance policy to curb incidences of bribery in County public service delivery. ii. Put up a policy framework to guide public participation forum so as to ensure the public contributes effectively to the budget formulation process and counties should also strive to implement the views of the public that were shared in the budgeting process in order to sustain public trust. iii. Ensure transparency and accountability in public procurement iv. Ensure value for money in road construction and other infrastructure development v. Enhancement of anti-corruption mechanisms in County Governments
The Chief Guest at the launch held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre was Ms. Mwanamaka Amani Mabruki, the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Devolution.
The full Survey report can be found under the Publications section of this website. ...Click to view