NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 9 – Seventy five percent of Kenyans approve of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s performance in the last three months, according to a new survey by IPSOS.
IPSOS Lead Researcher Tom Wolf says the approval rating stems from development of infrastructure, fight against corruption and his interaction with ordinary Kenyans.
“Many people find him and the way he handles himself interacting with Kenyans quite likable. He gets out and mixes with people much more than any other President Kenya had,” he explained.
In March this year, President Kenyatta in his State of Nation address, released a list of 124 files containing high profile names linked to corruption.
In a strongly worded address, he directed that all those involved in corruption be investigated and prosecuted.
According to Wolf, the step could have highly contributed to the high support recorded.
At the same time, 93 percent of those who approve his performance think that Kenya is headed in the right direction.
Some of them especially Jubilee supporters interviewed also said the government had made progress in healthcare, education and bringing the cost of power down.
Despite the high rating, Kenyans are still concerned about the high cost of living, followed by corruption which they think is increasing as well as high rates of unemployment.
Though President Kenyatta has been stern on fighting corruption, those interviewed said they were yet to see the results of the investigations of the high profile individuals.
They also said giving young people jobs would improve their lives and also reduce poverty which was also a concern.
Though Kenya has made some progress in the fight against terrorism, some Kenyans were still concerned that it is an issue that bothers them.
The research completed last month further showed that 37 percent of people do not want former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to contest in the next General Election.