Kenyans want coalition to remain intact

April 20, 2011 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 19 – A new poll by Synovate shows that 74 percent of Kenyans think the Grand Coalition Government will last its full term until 2012.

The poll released on Wednesday shows that 78 percent of the respondents want the Grand Coalition Government to stay until the next general election is held, with North Eastern Province registering the highest approval rating at 91 percent.

The survey was conducted between March 27 to April 1.

The margin of error attributed to the poll was plus or minus 2.2 percent margin at 95 percent confidence level.

Read the full survey here.

The poll results indicate that the government has the highest support in the Western, North Eastern and Nyanza regions and enjoys the least support in Eastern (73 percent), Nairobi (72 percent) and the Coast (71 percent)

Grand Coalition Partners, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Party of National Unity (PNU) have not been seeing eye-to-eye on national issues, such as the implementation of the reform agenda with the ODM saying it will not settle for piecemeal reforms.  The Party of National Unity on the other claimed recent standoffs are all designed to ensure reforms are not realised before the next general elections.

The coalition partners have also failed to agree on how deal with the post election violence cases with the recent clash playing out when Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka stirred a storm when he conducted a shuttle diplomatic mission to try and gain the support of the African Union and the UN Security Council over the deferral of the prosecution of six Kenyans at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

ODM Party Leader Prime Minister Raila Odinga later said that his wing of the coalition was not supportive of the bid and would instead be pushing for a referral of the cases to a yet-to-be-established special local tribunal.

The biggest spate of the coalition arose during the debate on the validity of the President Kibaki`s nominations to top judicial position.

The issue split the government down the middle and debate spilled into Parliament and nearly led to a Censure Motion against the Speaker Kenneth Marende who some MPs said Parliament had usurped the powers of the executive.

Mr Marende had halted debate after the court declared the appointments unconstitutional.

The PNU wing of the government threatened to call a delegates conference to back dissolution of the Coalition government.

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