Corruption in Kenya: The High cost of living as a result of the runaway Corruption!


Definition: Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. As an enabler for crime and
terrorism, corruption constitutes a threat to security.
Kenya is one of the most corrupt countries in the world due to a long legacy of corrupt leaders. It is so visible that it is impossible for a citizen or even a visitor to deny its presence. Nchi ya Kitu Kidogo! –Nipe ya Macho!
Corruption has become endemic, a norm and systemic in the system; it has drifted right from the top to the brazen and all strata of the economy has been affected. It hinders economic development and it slows down the democratic process and stability in a political system.
The rising living cost proof of corruption impact on Kenyans. Corruption practice has proven to have a trickle-down impact on the average Kenyan consumer. The most direct impact that corruption can have on the cost of living is through increasing the costs of doing business, costs which are then passed
on to the consumer. When suppliers of goods and services are required to engage in corrupt practices– such as paying bribes, this increases the cost of doing business, and these costs will be passed on the consumers.

While bribery is the most common form of corruption in both public and private sectors, other forms of corruption are often taking places such as extortion, embezzlement, fraud, abuse of discretion and favouritism.
The silence of both Houses – National Assembly and the Senate speaks volumes!
Not a word, as the government continue pointing finger and giving dubious excuses : Give us time; Ask Uhuru, We found a dilapidated economy; Tax evasion; Ukraine-Russia; Israel-Hamas; Drought; Subsidies etc…
We should have a system that name and shame corrupt people. t’s time to stand against Corruption and Impunity! As a country, we should set up an Anti-Corruption Strategy where convicted corrupt people would be Named, Shamed and Punished. To end corruption the mindset must be changed.

It is to set a system that works; we should have a system that punishes. I will propose that if someone is accused of corruption, we don’t ask the person to return just the stolen money. The purpose of punishment is to ensure that nobody ever does that again – create fear of steal public funds, money
laundering, fraud and/or taking bribes.
There is the need to punish the culprit in such a way that they become poor and wretched; put them in jail to rot, let them taste poverty, hardship and miserly.
Corruption feeds Organized Crime and Terrorism. It is detrimental to economic growth as it creates business uncertainty and imposes additional costs. Corruption also undermines the effective running of state institutions and negatively impacts citizens’ interactions with their governments and civil


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