, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 2 – The majority of Kenyans want the government to address unemployment, corruption, and poverty and ensure the enactment of a new constitution this year, a new opinion poll said on Saturday.
The Infotrak Harris survey found that Kenyans remain optimistic for the year ahead despite a terrible year for the economy in 2009.
"This wish list has not changed much, Kenyans are still waiting for the government to act on the issues, 55 percent want the government to address unemployment, another 52 percent have prioritised corruption while 38 percent want the government to address poverty and provide healthcare," Managing Director Angela Ambitho said.
The poll said Kenyans were pleased with the ongoing infrastructure development and rehabilitation, free primary education, rural electrification programme and the restoration of peace after the post election violence.
"It is important for the government to note that Kenyans are very happy with these achievements," Ms Ambitho said.
A majority of Kenyans were also happy with public health services despite wrangles between the two health Ministries.
The research done in 7 provinces also showed Prime Minister Raila Odinga was the most trusted politician at 31 percent, followed by President Mwai Kibaki at 11 percent and Gichugu MP Martha Karua at 7 percent. Agriculture Minister Wiliam Ruto and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta tied at 5 percent.
Ms Ambitho however said only President Kibaki and Mr Odinga enjoyed nationwide trust unlike the rest who were popular only in their regions.
The Kenya National Human Rights Commission was the most trusted public institution followed by the Media.
The Police, the Judiciary and the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission were the worst ranked public institutions in the research conducted between November and December last year.
The research also indicated that most Kenyans want the main suspects behind the 2007 post election violence taken to The Hague for trial.
"A majority of Kenyans want suspects for post-election bloodshed to stand trial at the International Criminal Court and not a local tribunal," Ms Ambitho said.