, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 4 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has been ranked the third best performing sub-Saharan Africa leader in a poll released by Gallup on Monday.
President Kenyatta received a rating of 78 percent in the survey carried out in 2013, behind presidents Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali at 86 percent and Ian Khama of Botswana at 81pc.
“Presidents from more than half of the 26 sub-Saharan African countries surveyed in 2013 – many of whom are attending the US-Africa Leaders Summit this week – received job approval ratings higher than 50pc. But those ratings varied greatly across countries” the Gallup poll indicated.
The lowest job approval rating was 24 percent for Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila.
Among the leaders who received some of the highest approval ratings, a few have been in office for more than two decades, such as Cameroon’s Paul Biya and Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni.
“Several other highly rated presidents, such as Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali, had either just been elected to a first term or started on their second term at the time of the survey,” it went on to state.
President Kenyatta was also elected into office last year.
The poll further points out that the same diversity in tenure also appears among leaders who received the lowest job performance ratings from their constituents.
“Two of these presidents, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Chad’s Idriss Déby, have been in office for more than two decades, while most of the others were finishing their first or second term at the time of the survey. As such, length of time in office appears to be unrelated to approval ratings.”