Saturday, October 27, 2012

Harnessing Kenya's Endemic Corruption



Corruption is endemic in Kenya, especially bribery of government officials by citizens seeking public services or citizens who break the law and want to get away.

I think I have a solution. Make corruption official. Call it something else, like facilitation fee or goodwill or premium service levy. Encourage public officials and citizens to declare how much they receive or pay. Make a guaranteed commission to the public officer on bribes collected and have Kenya Revenue Authority retain the balance as part of public revenue. 
I bet that receipts from corruption (premium service levy) could be bigger than our annual takings from tourism and agriculture combined. In a depressed economy, it is the only growth sector.

If you doubt, look at the life style of public officials; the homes, property, the cars they drive, the schools they send their kids to and the restaurants they patronize. From Miguna's account, one official in Mr. Odinga's office received over KES 1.5 billion in less than three years.

To balance the budget and reduce the deficit, I think Finance Minister, Mr. Githae should look at this seriously.

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more AA.,most recently here in Uganda,close to 18m euros meant for the rehabilitation of Northern Uganda was used to purchase swanky cars and palatial residences for members in the Prime Minister's office.I agree with you and I think the entire region should levy a tax on this ill gotten monies,we are missing out on a potential tax revenue cash cow.

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