NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5 – A recently released study has revealed that 55.7 percent of Kenyans want Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret MP William Ruto to contest next year’s general elections despite facing charges at the ICC.
According to the research by CPS International, 34.9 percent of respondents interviewed were opposed to them participating in the polls while the rest did not know or were not sure whether they should vie.
On Tuesday, Kenyatta of The National Alliance, United Democratic Forum’s Musalia Mudavadi and Ruto of the United Democratic Forum entered into a new coalition.
It is understood that under the new deal, Kenyatta and Mudavadi will hold a joint presidential nomination to determine the coalition’s flag bearer. The loser will settle for the Majority Leader position in Parliament while Ruto remains the deputy president designate.
In the study, 48.2 percent of those interviewed also feel that the ICC trials should be postponed until the new government is formed.
The study further showed that 33 percent approved William Ruto as a presidential candidate while Prime Minister Raila Odinga came second at 30 percent in terms of what they have done while in office.
Kenyatta came in 3rd at 27 percent and Peter Kenneth at 24 percent.
Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka signed a coalition agreement but left their supporters guessing on who would be the coalition’s presidential candidate for the March 4 polls.
The two leaders were joined by Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetangula as the key principals of the coalition, with leaders from 11 other political outfits joining them in the formation of Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).
Narc Leader Charity Ngilu, who has formally been associated with Kenyatta and Ruto’s alliance made a belated entry into the coalition, catching many supporters at the KICC grounds by surprise.
But as the leaders signed along the dotted lines, they failed to answer the anxious question among their supporters at the grounds; who would sacrifice his presidential bid.
Musyoka revealed that after beating the deadline for depositing of the coalition, the team would now focus on who would be CORD’s flag bearer in the elections.