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.
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.
- Kenya Anti Bribery Act 2016
- Leadership and Integrity Act (2012)
- Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Act (2011)
- The Kenya National Human Rights Act (2011)
- The Constitution of Kenya (2010)
- UK Anti Bribery Act 2010
- The Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act (2009)
- Public Officer Ethics Act (2003)
- The Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act (2003)
- 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.
- Director of Public Prosecutions
- Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
- Financial Reporting Centre (FRC)
- Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA)
- Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB)~
- Public Procurement Regulatory Board
- The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR)
- The Judiciary
- The Kenya Police Directorate of Criminal Investigation
- The UK Serious Fraud Office
- UK Department for International Development (DfID)
- UK Department for International Trade (DIT)
- UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)
- The UK Cabinet Office’s Joint Anti-Corruption Unit (JACU)