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Do voters prefer corrupt leaders who share their loot over clean ones?

"I am seated here going through a list of harambees I am supposed to attend this weekend and surely, I can't afford to pay more than that unless people want me to steal," she said, according to a story in The Standard that reported about Ms Nyokabi's contribution and the immediate uproar it raised.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSaturday, 12 Nov 2016 13:19 EAT

A snapshot of The Standard article.

Kenyans seem conflicted about the impact of corruption on the country. From an event in Nyeri this week, it looks like it will take decades of civic education to wean voters from the culture of getting handouts from politicians. The Nyeri women reprentative in the National Assembly Pricilla Nyokabi has been widely censured after she contributed Sh2,000 towards a church fundraising. Many Kenyans feel the MP should have contributed more, given the senior position she holds in society.

The MP defended herself saying she contributes to many causes at any given time and she is even finding it hard to keep up with her own demand for finances. "I am seated here going through a list of harambees I am supposed to attend this weekend and surely, I can't afford to pay more than that unless people want me to steal. I always ensure that I give the little I have," she said, according to a story in The Standard that reported about Ms Nyokabi's contribution and the immediate uproar it raised. Following the report, Kenyans on social media seized on the subject with Facebook groups from Nyeri to Mombasa to Uasin Gishu engaged in the issue.

A sample of the comments indicate that while Kenyans know the negative impacts of corruption, they don't mind if the corrupt share their wealth suffering citizens - even though the politicians' contribution are usually needed as a substitute for government failure. Contributions by political to all manner of causes, from medical bills to education of children from poor families, help solve myriad problems in our midst, but they also come sometimes at huge cost to the taxpayer as politicians innovate ever new ways of pilfering public funds to maintain their high and well appreciated contribution levels.

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