Insecurity tops Kenyans’ challenges—poll

May 10, 2014 3:02 pm


Police have enhanced security in the country, in the wake of increased terror threats. Photo/FILE.
Police have enhanced security in the country, in the wake of increased terror threats. Photo/FILE.
NAIROBI, Kenya May 10- Most Kenyans feel the high cost of living, rising crime and insecurity and lack of employment are among the most serious problems facing the country, according to a survey conducted by Ipsos-Synovate.

The polls carried between April 28 and May 7 shows that 38 percent of Kenyans felt life is getting harder, followed by 17 percent who feel insecurity is getting out of hand. 10 percent expressed concern about unemployment.

Lead researcher Tom Wolf who released the report on Saturday noted that corruption had dropped from third to fourth on the list as compared to results of a similar poll conducted in February.

“We all know that last weekend we had two incidents of insecurity, in Nairobi and Mombasa, but in general out of the 75 percent of the interviews had been finished before last Saturday evening so my guess is if we had the interviews after last Sunday, crimes and insecurity would have been higher,” he said.

He was referring to a string of deadly terrorist attacks that struck Nairobi and Mombasa last weekend, killing at least six people, in what has been blamed on Al Shabaab militants who have previously demanded that Kenya withdraws its troops from Somalia.

Kenyans interviewed expressed hope that the on-going Usalama Watch security operation will help address crime in the country.

“We asked what Kenyans perceived would be the impact of the Usalama Watch and we got a very, very conflicted set of results. Whereas 39 percent said this would cause more terrorist attacks, about the same number said it would lead to a reduction of crime so it’s as if you are damned if you do and you are damned if you don’t,” Wolf explained.

The poll shows 59 percent of Kenyans feel general economic conditions for them and their families have worsened in the last 3 months, with 36 percent of households having someone who has gone to bed hungry.

Those surveyed in the poll conducted between April 28 and last Wednesday rated healthcare followed by education and infrastructure as the Jubilee Coalition administration’s highest achievement even as 43 percent felt it has achieved nothing.


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