Corruption is an endemic problem plaguing the Kenyan society. Efforts to address this challenge have met stiff opposition from various corruption networks. Corruption, described as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain,” can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.
Transparency International (TI) conducts annual surveys to determine the corruption indices within member countries world over. These surveys provide information about the perception people have regarding the level of corruption within the public sector in these specific nations. Figures for the 2018 Corruption Perception Index survey show that Kenya scored 27 points out of a possible 100. The figures from TI also show that Kenya has consistently polled poorly, returning an average index of 22.82 for surveys conducted from 1996 to 2018.
The challenge of corruption in Kenya has not spared its youth.