The Business Integrity Initiative

Navigating the Business Landscape

The Kenya Market

 

Kenya is position 95 out of 140 countries ranked in the 2019 edition of the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report. The same report ranks Kenya 121 in terms of its ‘incidence of corruption’ score.

 

“Corruption affects all areas of society: from poor health outcomes - as a result of mismanagement of funds; a barrier to investment and economic growth; and a justice system which struggles to remain independent and fails to deliver its core objectives. This is largely driven by a political system where there is patronage, and politicians seek to maintain power by rewarding their ethnic constituency in return for political support.”

 

According to the 2018 KEPSA Corruption Risk Mapping Survey, 85% of respondents reported that there was corruption in various forms in private sector business operations across Kenya.


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Joint Commitment to change

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta declared corruption a national security threat in 2015 and says, “there will be no mercy for the thieves”.

 

According to an EACC survey, 60% of firms are supportive of the President’s anti-corruption drive and believe that eliminating corruption would help them grow their businesses.

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Laws

 

  1. Kenya Anti Bribery Act 2016
  2. Leadership and Integrity Act (2012)
  3. Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Act (2011)
  4. The Kenya National Human Rights Act (2011)
  5. The Constitution of Kenya (2010)
  6. UK Anti Bribery Act 2010
  7. The Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act (2009)
  8. Public Officer Ethics Act (2003)
  9. The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act (2003)
  10. EACC Leadership and Integrity Regulations

 

The Kenyan Bribery Act, 2016 is modelled on the UK Anti-Bribery Act.

 

In August 2018, under the agreement President Kenyatta signed with the former UK’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, proceeds of corruption in Kenya that end up in the UK, will be given back to the Kenyan people.

 

The former UK Prime Minister also announced the Business Integrity Initiative (BII) pilot to support the fight against corruption. This initiative was rolled out in three countries – Kenya, Pakistan and Mexico.

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