By John Kioria
Interior Ministry has been ranked as the most corrupt ministry in the public service according to a survey by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission.
The Interior Ministry polled at 40.3% with the Ministry of Health coming second at 14.3% while the lands ministry closes the top three corrupt ministries at 11%.
The 2015 Devolution Ministry currently rocked in the NYS and Youth Fund scandals ranked sixth among the most corrupt ministries.
Among the devolved governments Murang’a County led by embattled Governor Mwangi wa Iria ranked top followed By Martin Wambora’s Embu County.
Isaac Ruto’s Bomet comes third, Kisii led by James Ongwae ranks fourth while Ahmed Abdullahi’s Wajir County closes the top five corrupt counties according to the poll.
Meanwhile, three out of every four Kenyans believe corruption levels in the country are very high with nearly half of them thinking that the menace is in fact increasing.
According to the poll by EACC, about 74 per cent of respondents believe that levels of corruption are very high in the public service sector while only 5.6 per cent think that there is no cause for alarm.
Giving and taking of bribes are the leading forms of graft as cited by 96 per cent of the respondents across the 46 counties which were surveyed while embezzlement of public funds, taking of bribes, misappropriation of public funds, and abuse of office, tax evasion and procurement irregularities are some of the corruption avenues cited by those interviewed.
However there is a glimmer of hope as the level of graft cases in the country has dropped from 73 per cent in 2014 to 66 per cent of last year, according to the report.