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Tell President Kenyatta You Paid A Bribe

BY Jessica McKenzie | Thursday, October 31 2013

125,584,332 Kenyan shillings have been paid in bribes since the end of 2011 (Wikipedia)

As Kenya continues to struggle with everyday corruption, President Kenyatta has launched a platform through which citizens can report incidents of bribery directly to his administration. Similar platforms, like I Paid A Bribe and Not In My Country, which targets corruption in the school system, already exist, but bribery is so systemic that only seven out of 100 Kenyans will report specific instances, according to Transparency International's most recent East African Bribery Index. It remains to be seen if President Kenyatta's attention to the problem will inspire more participation and eventually lead to reform and change.

Citizens who wish to report corruption can fill out an online form, with areas to upload video, photos or other documents, or report corruption via text message. They have the option to remain anonymous.

"The president is committed to clean government and this site advances his intention to act strongly against corruption," the AFP reported presidential spokesman Manoah Esipisu said.

Keep in mind that this is the same president who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, for allegedly funding and directing the violence that followed the contentious election in 2007. That case, originally set to begin November 12, has now been postponed until February 2014.

Bribe reporting sites have spread throughout the world, ever since Swati and Ramesh Ramanathan and Sridar Iyengar launched ipaidabribe.com in India in August 2010. The Kenyan version of the site launched in December 2011.

Since then, there have been more than 3,500 reports of bribery, with roughly US$1.4 million changing hands. If only seven percent of the population is reporting bribes paid, imagine how high the real total is.

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