73pc of Kenyans don’t think corrupt individuals will be convicted: IPSOS


Tom Wolf, a lead researcher at IPSOS at a Press briefing on August 22, 2018.
Tom Wolf, a lead researcher at IPSOS at a Press briefing on August 22, 2018. Photo/SAMMY RAMTU

In Summary

  • The more educated people are, the more aware they are of corruption scandals, Tom Wolf said.
  • Major scams mentioned are the National Youth Scandal (NYS) and the Kenya Power graft cases.
  • 66percent said they knew about the NYS saga while 27 percent picked Kenya Power.

A majority of Kenyans doubt that those linked to corruption scandals will be found guilty.

In an IPSOS report released on Wednesday, 73percent of Kenyans don’t think corrupt individuals will be convicted.

This is despite more than half of those in the poll indicating that they think President Uhuru Kenyatta is sincere in leading the fight against corruption.

“Kenyans feel that the country is going in the wrong direction due to the cost of living, leadership and corruption,” Tom Wolf, IPSOS lead researcher said.

59 percent of those who took part in the IPSOS research said Kenya is going in the wrong direction while only 28 percent said the country is headed in the right direction. 14percent were not sure.

Another 41percent noted that “big people” are hampering the fight against graft as they are protected by those in power and may intimidate investigators and judicial officers.

Wolf further indicated that the number of Kenyans who can name any corrupt scandal has increased from 65percent before last year’s elections to 82percent after the polls.

According to the IPSOS poll, the more educated people are, the more aware they are of corruption scandals.

Major scams mentioned by those who took part in the poll are the National Youth Scandal (NYS) and the Kenya Power graft cases.

66percent said they knew about the NYS saga while 27 percent picked Kenya Power.

Of all political leaders, Deputy President William Ruto and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru were polled as the most corrupt at 33percent and 31percent respectively.

The survey was conducted between July 25 to August 2 with a sample size of 2016.

Participants were aged 18years and above and were drawn from both urban and rural areas.

Other figures are as follows:

  • 31% of Kenyans think harsher criminal penalties will help in the fight against corruption.
  • 23% think sacking of corrupt officials by President will help
  • 77% of Kenyans say an ordinary person will be convicted while only 17% say a high ranking politician/government official or rich businessman can be found guilty and jailed.

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