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Overwhelming majority of Kenyans see corruption in the judiciary, Afrobarometer survey shows

26 Nov 2021 Kenya

A large majority of Kenyans say at least some of the country’s judges and magistrates are corrupt, the most recent Afrobarometer survey shows.

Even though a majority of Kenyans trust the courts, the share who say that most or all judges and magistrates are involved in corruption increased between the years 2016 and 2019. Trust in the courts was weaker among better-educated citizens and urban residents.

At a time when corruption scandals have raised questions about the integrity and trustworthiness of Kenya’s judicial system, these findings highlight challenges that the judiciary must confront as it works to implement reforms under the 2010 constitution.