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
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