With almost all anti-corruption investigations/cases still in-progress, it is far too early to know whether the results of this Ipsos survey related to this issue represent only a ‘snap-shot in time’ or a more enduring portrait of public perception. In particular, successful prosecutions, especially of more well-known public officials, would likely substantially increase public confidence in current anti-corruption efforts and in those most closely associated with them.
However, one fact that does emerge is the split or dichotomy in values evidently held by many voters. This is evident in the fact that, by far, most Kenyans consider that corrupt people cannot be ‘good leaders’. Yet most public figures associated (whether correctly or otherwise) with current corruption scandals are elected officials, with many of them having achieved electoral success even after their names were linked (through media reports) to such scandals. Perhaps this reflects one reality of democracy: that (at least where elections are free and fair) the voting public get the leaders they deserve.
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Unpacking Betting in Kenya
The burgeoning Betting and Gaming sector has been riddled with controversy and success stories over the past few years. With the suspension of betting firms, the media industry stands to lose 10% of 2019 advertising expenditure. Equivalent to KES 14 billion projected loss! 73% of Kenyans that are aware of the suspension are bettors.
Q1 National SPEC Survey, 2018
State officials themselves, rather than errant/criminal elements within the wider society, are deemed responsible for most rights and constitutional violations. Support for devolution remains high, even if doubts continue to increase about the counties’ capacity to provide medical services on their own. China overtakes the US as the ‘most favored nation’ among Kenyans, even if its negative ratings stem almost entirely from its economic muscle – the very factor that has allowed it to become such a valued partner in Kenya’s development.