Mandera, Kisumu top the list of 10 most corrupt counties in Kenya.

A report tabled in Senate by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption commission (EACC) shows Mandera as the most corrupt county in Kenya followed by Kisumu.

Busia comes third followed by Nyamira.

Others featuring in the top ten list of shame are Wajir, Nairobi, Marsabit, Turkana, Uasin Gishu and Murang’a in that order.

EACC says that in order to get services in these counties, Kenyans have to give kick backs.

The report also singles out departments of health and public works in all the 47 counties as the most corrupt followed by lands and physical planning departments, whose contribution in revving up graft amounted to 29.1% and 14.3% respectively in 2015.

In the same year, County Public Service Board and office of the Governor expenditure is said to have funded graft at 11.3 per cent and 7.5 per cent alone.

In 2016, the dockets of Health and Road, Transport and Public Works scaled up their ranking in corruption at 37.4% and 22.5% while Education, Water Finance and Planning ranked 15.4, 8.6 and 7.8% respectively.

In the report covering the periods between 2015 and 2017, it would cost you Sh35,440 to access services in Mandera in 2017, compared to Sh6,972 and Sh80,000 in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

However, it is worth noting that the period covered was during the reign of some of inaugural governors in the devolved counties.

In Kisumu, one needed to part with more than Sh25, 000 to access the same service compared to an average of Sh18,000 demanded by Busia county while in Murang’a county, an average of Sh9,000 was the key to services.

For Marsabit and Turkana, the figure was Sh7,859 and Sh6,791 to access needed services.

In the category of counties that demanded a kickback to offer services Turkana county was ranked the most notorious while Nyeri was rated least in the bribe demand. Mandera, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Meru, Tana River, Uasin Gishu, Kwale, Samburu, Kiambu, Kitui, Nyandarua, Marsabit, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Mombasa, Kilifi, Wajir, West Pokot, Homabay, Machakos, Nakuru, Laikipia and Garissa.

Others include Migori, Nyamira, Kajiado, Nairobi, TransNzoia, Kisii, Makueni, Kisumu, Narok, Elgeyo Marakwet, Siaya, Vihiga, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Bomet, Kericho, Bungoma, Busia, Nandi, Kakamega, Baringo, Lamu and Nyeri.

But in the average times a citizen would bribe, Turkana maintained the lead and closely followed by Mandera, Uashi Gishu, Laikipia, Garissa, Kiambu, Tana river , Kwale, Nyandarua, Wajir, Homabay and Kericho. They were followed by Coastal counties of Kilifi and Mombasa. Others are Nakuru, Trans Nzoia, Taita Taveta, Kajiado, Meru, Migori, Elgeyo Marakwet, Vihiga and Nairobi city.


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