Trust in Kenyatta declines, First Lady’s rises

May 27, 2015 12:41 pm
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In December, 67 percent of Kenyans had trust in President Kenyatta while in the latest poll only 48 percent have trust in him/FILE
In December, 67 percent of Kenyans had trust in President Kenyatta while in the latest poll only 48 percent have trust in him/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trust among Kenyans has declined in the latest opinion poll by IPSOS, compared to December last year.

In December, 67 percent of Kenyans had trust in President Kenyatta while in the latest poll only 48 percent have trust in him.

However, he is still the most trusted government official in the Jubilee Administration according to the poll.

His deputy William Ruto whose trust has also declined from 63 to 35 percent is the second most trusted, followed by the National Government and County officers at 19 percent.

“Among the senior government officials rated, the President again leads, with nearly half expressing “a lot of confidence” in him, significantly higher than even his Deputy. Such a personal confidence rating for the Head of State stands in major contrast to that for each of the other parts of his government. For example, the “national government in general,” scores far below half of the President’s own rating, with just one-in-five (19pc) having “a lot of confidence” in it, and similar figures for County Commissioners as a group,” Tom Wolf, IPSOS Research Analyst explained.

The Attorney General enjoys only 18 percent while Cabinet Secretaries and the Immigration Department have 14 and 10 percent trust respectively.

According to Wolf, Cabinet Secretaries’ low trust by the public emanates from the corruption scandal in which five of them were asked to step aside.

“Indeed, if the President himself has a lack of confidence in these many members of his appointed team; it is unsurprising that much of the public feels likewise,” he said.

On current and former public officers, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is the most trusted by more than half of Kenyans at 55 percent and has been on an upward trend compared to the last rating at 50 percent.

Wolf linked this to her charity work that has had impact on the society.

CORD leader Raila Odinga who was the second in the rating however compared to the First Lady enjoys far less trust at 29 percent but had increased from 24.

Members of Parliament follow Odinga closely at 22 percent while CORD leaders Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula and the Opposition each have 18 percent of Kenyans’ trust.

Least trusted are the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi at 14 percent and Jubilee Majority Leader Adan Duale at 15 percent.

On independent institutions, media tops the list of trust at 46 percent, religious leaders, 43 percent flowed by IPSOS itself at 33 percent.

The Chief Justice Willy Mutunga enjoys 22 percent of Kenyans’ trust.

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