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Kenya president sets up website to tackle graft

31 October 2013, 14:46

Nairobi - Kenya's presidency on Thursday launched a website allowing users to report corruption directly to the head of state, in a bid to tackle rampant graft and polish the country's reputation.

"The president is committed to clean government and this site advances his intention to act strongly against corruption," State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said.

A form on the website allows users to remain anonymous and to upload video, audio recordings or other documents to the site as evidence, with a drop down menu providing a long list of civil service or government departments to complain about.

Kenya is ranked 139 out of 176 countries by the campaign group Transparency International, on its global corruption perceptions index.

A mobile telephone service - so people can send in complaints by SMS text message - has also been set up.

"You can now report corruption incidents directly to the head of state," the website reads, at www.president.go.ke.

Transparency International said earlier this month that while bribery remains high in Kenya, only seven in 100 reported or complained if they encountered corruption.

Over a quarter of people asked explained that they "knew no action would be taken if they reported" an incident. Many victims are also reluctant to complain because bribing an official is in itself an offence.

It is not the first website in Kenya set up to tackle corruption - last year activist Anthony Ragui set up the "I paid a bribe" site, posting accounts of demands by corrupt officials and the schemes people used to escape them.

The website, www.ipaidabribe.or.ke, gives a running total of all the bribes paid submitted to the site, but also lists positive stories of honest officials.



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