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Campaign Update- Kenya: Police, Courts Rank as Most Corrupt Institutions in Kenya

A report by the Transparency International released Thursday ranks Kenya 154 out of 182 countries that were surveyed on the Corruption Perception Index.  Their overall score improved only a fraction of a percent from last year, despite a zero-tolerance campaign by the current government administration in Kenya.

The Kenyan police scored an 81 percent corruption rate, gaining the infamous title of the most corrupt institution in Kenya, as well as reaching in the top ten bribery-prone institutions within all of East Africa.  After the police, the Ministry of Lands, and the Judiciary branch fell among the most corrupt institutions within Kenya. "At the moment, in Kenya as in many countries in Africa, the political leadership remains the greatest obstacle to effective anti-corruption initiatives," said Transparency International Kenya’s executive director, Samuel Kimeu, regarding the findings.

 The bitter report comes as no surprise in light of the ongoing conflict between Kenyan police and Samburu villagers in the Kisargei property of the Laikipia district, which has resulted in forced evictions, confiscation of property, and even killing of Samburu activists and villagers.   Spokespersons for the Samburu community expressed suspicion that the police attack was intended to “punish” the community for having initiated legal proceedings against former President Daniel arap Moi, who sold the property to the African Wildlife Foundation.

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