Press Releases (65)
Nairobi, Kenya – Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 - Transparency International Kenya strongly condemns the arrest of blogger Abraham Mutai on Saturday, 17th January, 2015, and the temporary suspension of his Twitter account and closure of his blogs.
Mr. Mutai and other bloggers in Kenya have played an important role in highlighting corruption incidents at the national and county levels in the recent past. Over the last two months, Mr. Mutai has published information, backed by documentary evidence, of corruption in a public agency and some county governments. We expect the relevant authorities to act on such information by conducting further investigations on the alleged corruption incidents, rather than oppress whistleblowers.
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We, the members of The Devolution Forum, are deeply concerned with the provisions of the Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014.
We acknowledge that there have been serious internal and external threats to the security of this country, and by extension that of Kenyans. We note the fact that the country has spent the last 25 years trying to reform policing systems and national security, with numerous commissions and Task Forces engaged in processes that have cost the tax payers over 10 Billion shillings. While the reports of the commissions and task forces set out recommendations to inform the reform of the security sector, we deeply regret that these have never neither been implemented nor inform the current rushed push for amendment of the security laws.
Nairobi, Kenya – 9th December 2014: Kenya joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Anti-Corruption Day today. This is a good opportunity for Kenyans to take stock of the progress made and challenges faced in the fight against corruption in 2014.
This year, the International Anti-Corruption Day’s theme is ‘Break the Corruption Chain’. The 2014 theme is grounded on the fact that corruption hurts poor people disproportionately. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure. In order for Kenya to lift its citizens out of poverty, all Kenyans must take concerted efforts to curb corruption.
Nairobi, Kenya – 4th December 2014: Fewer East Africans are reporting cases of bribery, even as access to basic services in the region continues to be hampered by the vice. According to the East African Bribery Index 2014, an average of 10% of East Africans filed complaints on bribery with majority not reporting for varied reasons including lack of information on where to report or because they felt, among other reasons, no action would be taken. Bribery levels in the police, judiciary and lands services across the East African Community remain high; indicating that reforms in these sectors have not borne fruit, in countries where such processes have been initiated such as Kenya.
Nairobi, Kenya –3rd December 2014: Kenya has performed dismally in the global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2014 released today by the Transparency International movement. Kenya scored 25 on a scale of zero to 100 (with zero perceived to be highly corrupt, and 100 very clean), down two points from last year’s score of 27. Kenya sits at position 145out of 174 countries and territories ranked in the 20th edition of the CPI.
The CPI measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in countries and territories worldwide and is based on expert opinion.
Contrary to reports appearing in some sections of the media this week, Transparency International and Transparency International Kenya have not ranked Kenya the fourth most corrupt country in the world. These media reports have erroneously interpreted data from the Global Corruption Barometer released in 2013 to make this declaration.
‘Uwajibikaji Pamoja’: Towards quality services and accountability
Kapenguria, West Pokot: Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 – The County Government and non-governmental organisations have launched an Integrated Complaint Referral Mechanism dubbed ‘Uwajibikaji Pamoja’ in West Pokot County today. ‘Uwajibikaji Pamoja’ aims to improve service delivery to the residents of West Pokot County and facilitate the referral of complaints among service providers.
Nairobi, Kenya: 16th June 2014 - Only 15% of Kenyans have participated in citizen consultation forums at the county level in the last 12 months. This is according to ‘Is it my business? A national opinion poll on devolution and governance’ by Transparency International Kenya. The poll further indicates that only 38% of Kenyans had heard about the forums, demonstrating that county governments have not done enough to broaden channels of communication to publicise such forums and engage with the public. On the other hand, members of the public should be proactive in claiming their space to actualise the objects of devolution.
Nairobi, Kenya – 23rd May 2014: Questions abound on the handling of the Anglo Leasing cases that have recently cost Kenya billions of shillings, the latest being the payment of Kshs 1.4 Billion this week. As Kenyans face a claim of an additional Ksh 3.05 Billion by the same recipients of this week’s payout, there is urgency in closing the floodgates and hold officials accountable for these losses with the same urgency that the last payments have been done.
Nairobi – Friday, 16th May, 2014 - The President’s directive to National Treasury to settle the Kshs 1.4 Billion Anglo Leasing payments must be opposed. Transparency International Kenya considers such payments to be unethical and a reward to corruption and fraud against the Kenyan people. There are many questions that the President should provide answers to Kenyans before committing their money to settle such colossal amounts, for contracts that were never performed.