Kenyans un­happy with graft trend, sur­vey shows

When asked how sat­is­fied they are with the di­rec­tion the coun­try is headed in four key ar­eas of gover­nance, more than half say they are dis­sat­is­fied

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More than half of Kenyans are dis­sat­is­fied with the di­rec­tion Kenya is headed in re­gard to cor­rup­tion and the econ­omy, a new sur­vey in­di­cates.

The sur­vey, by re­search firm Twaweza East Africa, in­di­cates that 53 per cent of Kenyans are dis­sat­is­fied with the di­rec­tion Kenya is headed in re­gard to graft.

An­other 52 per cent are dis­sat­is­fied with the di­rec­tion the coun­try is headed in terms of the econ­omy.

The grim sta­tis­tics ap­pear to be an in­dict­ment of the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion as Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to­day hosts the Gover­nance and Ac­count­abil­ity Sum­mit at State House, Nairobi.

“When asked how sat­is­fied they are with the di­rec­tion the coun­try is headed in four key ar­eas of gover­nance, more than half re­sponded that they were dis­sat­is­fied with cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment,” Twaweza said in a press statement yes­ter­day.

Big money scan­dals have rocked Ju­bilee since 2013 and prompted Uhuru to crack the anti-graft whip, sack­ing five Cabinet Sec­re­taries and tens of top state of­fi­cers in Novem­ber last year. Among the scan­dals in­clude the Sh1.8 bil­lion Na­tional Youth Ser­vice scam.

On Sun­day, Cord leader Raila Odinga warned against grant­ing an­other sov­er­eign loan to Kenya until it fully ac­counts for the Sh250 bil­lion is­sued in 2014.

“The in­abil­ity by the gov­ern­ment to ac­count for ex­pen­di­tures of the Eurobond places Kenya at the risk of sov­er­eign de­fault,” Raila warned.

The op­po­si­tion chief and a host of civil so­ci­ety ac­tors, in­clud­ing David Ndii, have in­sisted Ju­bilee can­not ac­count for the Eurobond loan.

All the three arms of gov­ern­ment — the ex­ec­u­tive, ju­di­ciary and the leg­is­la­ture — as well as con­sti­tu­tional com­mis­sions are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in to­day’s sum­mit.

State House Spokesman Manoah Esip­isu said anti-graft cru­saders Ndii and John Githongo are among those in­vited for the sum­mit.

“This is not the space for chest-thump­ing and fin­ger-point­ing,” Esip­isu said. “It is a space where only facts will be re­quired and where Kenyans ex­pect to see an­swers on the way for­ward in terms of the bat­tle against graft and other lack of in­tegrity-re­lated vices”.

KAMAKYA PHILIP

From right, former De­vo­lu­tion Min­istry PS Peter Man­giti and former NYS di­rec­tor Nel­son Githinji with NYS chiefs at the Mil­i­mani law courts on Novem­ber 18 last year/

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