Officials and analysts in Kenya say that corrupt police and other government employees willing to break rules for bribes are weakening Kenya's ability to prevent a new rash of terror carried out by attackers with links to Somali militants.

Kenya has seen a long string of deadly attacks this year, including grenade blasts and homemade bombs.

John Githongo, a former Kenyan government adviser who exposed millions of dollars in government corruption, said systemic corruption is at the heart of the government's inability to respond to insecurity.

Two senior Kenyan police officials who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals said police officers, customs officials and immigration officials are easily compromised because of low pay and bad working conditions.