Kenyans give govt a barb

January 23, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 23 – Sixty percent of the Kenyan population does not approve of the coalition government’s performance, the latest opinion poll by Steadman Group shows.

Research Consultant Tom Wolf said on Friday that Kenyans felt the previous regime was more responsive than the current coalition government, citing the sharp rise in the prices of food and fuel.

“Only 20 percent of Kenyans as of mid-December last year concluded that this government is more responsive to the needs of Kenyans than the last one,” he told a media conference.

Major political parties also felt that the coalition government was less successful in meeting the expectations of people, compared to the previous regime.

The same report indicated that there was declining support for the coalition government from the time it was put in place.

In July 2008, 77 percent of Kenyans strongly supported the power sharing deal between President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

However, in October the same year, only 69 percent supported them and by December last year the decline was at 61 percent.

Dr Wolf said the downward trend raised questions about what would happen by 2012.

“A significant decline of 16 percent… should this be a cause of concern for Kenya’s leaders? How low will that figure go before this coalition will collapse? If this figure will be 10 percent, will these leaders be still together?” he asked.

Peace was the only thing that 58 percent of those interviewed believed the coalition government had achieved.

The resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons, their compensation, investigations into the post election violence, economic recovery and infrastructure were rated below 10 percent, with many Kenyans feeling that very little progress had been made.

The report also showed that most Kenyans still felt the government was not putting enough effort in the fight against poverty, crime and corruption.

Kenyans also said that they were unhappy with the high unemployment rates, as well as increased food prices in the country.

The Steadman findings also suggest that 38 percent  of Kenyans expect more economic difficulty in future, 29 percent  expected it to remain the same and only 22 percent  hoped for some improvement. 11 percent  did not know what to expect.

The media still remained the most trusted institution at 89 percent , followed by the Speaker of the National Assembly at 54 percent.

Parliament and the Kenya Police Service remained the least trusted after the Electoral Commission of Kenya, which has since been disbanded.


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