Integrity pacts can cure graft in procurement


In Kenya, major corruption scandals have revolved around procurement, lots of money allegedly being lost through underhand deals with shadowy companies.

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One of the most corruption-prone government activities is public procurement. The reasons are twofold. One is the high volume of transactions and the financial interests at stake. The other is the complexity of the process, close interaction between public officials and businesses and multitude of stakeholders. As mentioned in the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, it may include bribery, embezzlement and abuse of office, among many others.


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