Corruption in Kenya

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Corruption in Kenya

Introduction

Corruption is a global phenomenon and is not bound to be found only in the developing countries but also in the developed countries of the world. Corruption crosses boundaries or age and is mentioned in the religious books of old such as the Bible (Deuteronomy Chapter 16, verses 19), and in Chinese dynasty of Qin Dynasty (221-207).[1] Examples of corruption in developed countries include in Russia where the government of Putin went through all methods known to them to corruptly take away the petroleum mining from the owner,[2]who also is accused of having acquired the wealth corruptly under the leadership of Boris Yeltin’s rule which cost Russia its valued national resources and gave it to the oligarchy
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In the Kenyan scope, corruption is defined to include “benefit" which means any gift, loan, fee, reward, appointment, service, favour, forbearance, promise or other consideration or advantage; corruption referring to an offence under any of the provisions of sections 39 to 44, 46 and 47; bribery; fraud; embezzlement or misappropriation of public funds; abuse of office; breach of trust; or an offence involving dishonesty - in connection with any tax, rate or impost levied under any Act or under any written law relating to the elections of persons to public office.[13]Together with these are the Economic crimes referring to offences under section 45; or offences involving dishonesty under any written law providing for the maintenance or protection of the public revenue.[14]
This wide definition of corruption does not cover any corrupt activities committed in a private entity or fund. This does not however imply that corruption only occurs in the public sector. Instead the network of corruption extends into executive, judiciary, legislative, civil-service, private sector down to the village tycoon and villager who gives gifts to

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