71% of Kenyans believe some politicians benefited from COVID-19: study

71% of Kenyans believe some politicians benefited from COVID-19: study

71% of Kenyans believe that some politicians have benefited in terms of political power and/or financial gains from the COVID-19 crisis, a new study has found.

According to TIFA’s research on Nairobi Low-Income Areas of various aspects of the pandemic, only 17% think this is not the case and the rest are uncertain.

“76% state that they have ‘no confidence at all’ that those involved in corruption related to the Covid-19 crisis will be held to account through successful
prosecution, while only 13% say they have ‘a great deal” or ‘some’ confidence that such people will be held to account,” the report reads in part.

Additionally, 64% say they have heard of at least one scandal related to Government efforts to combat the virus: 47% of those them mentioned KEMSA as a government entity where such corruption has occurred.

63% say they that they are receiving information about the Covid-19 virus via TV; 53% mention radio in this regard while only 2% say they have no such sources of information.

45% indicate that they obtain the most trustworty information about the Covid-19 crisis from TV, while another 20% say they obtain it via radio.

7% report that there is no source of such information that they trust.

The study sought to measure the level of awareness of the disease among residents of selected low-income areas in Nairobi and their level of concern with it.

It was also set to assess the immediate social-economic impact of the Covid-19 crisis on respondents and understand their current coping mechanisms and future expectations of their medical and economic well-being.

Establishing respondents’ experiences and opinions about relevant government enforcement efforts as well as capturing their awareness of, experience with and opinions about the various remedial measures instituted by either state or non-state actors was also key.

The TIFA study found that the measures taken in Kenya to contain Covid-19 have affected households in many ways, including job loss, loss of remittances, higher commodity prices, heightened insecurity, and disruption to health care services and education.

“While these impacts have affected most households across the country, they appear to be more profound and longer-lasting amongst low income-earners in more congested urban areas who are inherently more vulnerable,” the report reads.

The method of data collected was CATI (mobile phone interviews) with 555 respondents 429 (77%) of whom had participated in either Rounds One or Two, or in both. This was done from September 24 to October 2.

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