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Wajir top official denies EACC survey that placed county top of corruption index



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Acting Wajir County Secretary, Abdullahi Hassan during the launch of the Customer Service Week at the Wajir Airport. (Courtesy)

NAIROBI—Top official at the County government of Wajir has denied reports that the county is the most corrupt in Kenya.

The report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has placed Wajir County at the top of the corruption index for the third year since 2017.

In the “NATIONAL ETHICS AND CORRUPTION SURVEY, 2018” report released on Tuesday, officials at Wajir County openly asked service seekers to pay up bribe without beating about the bush.

“Bribe demands were highest in Wajir County for the third year running where 71.7 percent of the service seekers reported to have been explicitly asked to pay followed by those in Kitui (43.4%), Kiambu (38%) and Kwale (36.6%),” the report said.

The acting County Secretary, Abdullahi Hassan termed the survey misleading, saying survey captured services rendered by departments of the National Government.

“This is a 2018 and the sample used is not good enough to represent the views of the entire county and based on services rendered by the national government,” Abdullahi told the Standard.


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