, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 3 – Majority of Kenyans at 57 percent support the continued deployment of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to Somalia, according to a new IPSOS survey.
The report indicates that among those who support, 70 percent are aligned to the Jubilee coalition while 39 percent are CORD supporters.
Of the supporters, Central leads at 80 percent, followed by Rift Valley at 62 percent while North Eastern and Western support least at 39pc and 37pc respectively.
Kenya Defence Forces under the African Union Mission in Somalia has played a huge role in reducing cases of terror attacks in the country but the survey indicates that 70 percent of Kenyans still find terror as the major threat in the country.
“In terms of general support for the continued presence of the KDF in Somalia the country appears almost evenly split, with just a modest majority (57pc) favouring this policy. In regional terms, a clear contrast emerges, however, with support for it in Central considerably higher than in the next most supportive region, Rift Valley (62pc), with both far above that in the two regions where such support is lowest, North Eastern and Western (39pc and 37pc, respectively),” it reads.
Western region at 81pc and Nyanza at 79pc see the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab militia as a major threat to the country’s security. The report further indicates that victims of crime in the country have reduced from 9pc to 5pc in the last three months.
The report has not given a clear attribution to the drop, though the period so intensive enhancement of security across the country following the visit of US President Barrack Obama.
The study indicates Nairobi had the highest number of victims of crime at 14 percent, North Eastern following closely at 10 percent with Nyanza and Rift Valley having the least at 3 and 2 percent respectively.
Among these victims, only half at 51 percent reported to Police, a figure in the middle of the reporting-range over the last ten years.
IPSOS says it sampled 2002 respondents during the survey conducted in the past three months.