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Bribery in Kenya: Kenyans who fail to report incidents of bribery to the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission will be arrested and fined up to Sh. 5 million.

This is according to a proposed law that is pending parliamentary approval.

“Any person who is convicted of an offence under this Act, for which no penalty is expressly provided, shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding Sh. 5 million or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or to both,” the amended penalties in the Bribery Act, 2016, say.

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According to a report that appeared in the Business Daily, every Kenyan who witnesses a case of bribery including offering of inducements to police officers will now have a legal duty to report the crime to the EACC.

“The State wants all Kenyans and not just public servants to report bribery to the anti-graft agency within 24 hours. Section 14 of the Bribery Act is set to be amended to allow “any person” — and not just those holding a position of responsibility — to report any suspected case of bribery to EACC. Previously, only State and public officers — and those holding positions of responsibility within private firms — were lawfully required to make such reports to the anti-graft commission,” says the report in the Kenyan daily business newspaper. Bribery in Kenya.

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