The youth make up the majority population in Kenya and according to various surveys published recently, they are the most affected by the high rate of unemployment in the country.
A new report has revealed that the majority of Kenyan youth have no problem gathering wealth through such unethical ways as evading tax as well as through corrupt deals (giving or receiving a bribe) as long as they do not go to jail.
In a report that was commissioned and conducted by the East African Institute (EAI), dubbed ‘Kenya Youth Survey Report’, 50 percent of youth in Kenya do not care what means and ways a person uses to become rich provided they don’t do to jail.
In a more shocking revelation, 30 percent of the youths in Kenya according to the survey strongly believe that corruption is profitable and lucrative and 35 percent of them are ready to give and receive a bribe for services.
According to the survey which has elicited varied reactions, 40 percent of the youth believed and agreed that that it was good to pay taxes to the government.
On the other hand, 62 percent of youth were found to be vulnerable to electoral bribery from political aspirants.
One that attracts more attention is that 40 percent of the youth contacted during the research said that that they can only cast their vote for political aspirants who will pay them to do so.
The situation of taking a bribe before voting is much rooted in the rural areas with the majority of the affected being women. Most women in the rural areas will only vote if given money.
85 percent of Kenyan youth strongly believe in their faith as well as in upholding some morals in the society, 60 percent believe in family while 30 percent believe in work.
Article by Juma Fred.