, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – A new poll by Infotrak Research and Consulting indicates that 70 percent of Kenyans have little or no trust in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
The poll however doesn’t provide attributing factors but the anti-graft body has for a while been on the receiving end over failure to conclude key probes involving billions of tax payers’ money.
The Infotrak report draws a sharp contradiction with a recent survey by EACC, which indicated that 58.5pc of Kenyans have confidence in the anti-graft body.
EACC was just one of the poorly rated key public institutions in the country among them “the Judiciary 60.50pc, the police 58.70 pc, the Opposition 52.20 pc and IEBC at 50.40 pc.”
Infotrak Chief Executive Officer Angela Ambitho says the media is the most trusted institution at 64.7 percent followed by civil society at 31.8pc and the government at 31.3pc.
“On a positive note, the Jubilee government is perceived by a majority 55pc of Kenyans as trustworthy. The onus is on the President to ensure that he steers the country in the right direction through mechanisms that will result in a free and fair election,” the report recommends.
“Kenyans seem to trust him and his government at least more than they trust other institutions.”
The Judiciary has also been on the spot over corruption allegations involving some of its senior officials.
Bides institutions, the poll also indicates that the Jubilee Coalition is the most popular at 40.4pc while CORD has 31 percent.
The recently launched Jubilee Alliance Party seems to have taken root and currently leads ODM in popularity at 30 pc against 26 pc.
The National Alliance Party has 8 percent, URP at 0.6 percent while KANU at 0.6 pc.
“The merging of the Jubilee Coalition parties in Jubilee Alliance Party has also resulted Reduction to negligible levels in popularity of URP overall but most significantly in Rift Valley,” Ambitho explained.
According to the poll the President is still the most popular leader within the Jubilee Coalition with about 89 percent saying that they would vote for him as president if elections were held today.
CORD leader Raila Odinga is the most popular within the coalition as 77 pc of CORD supporters would vote for him as president if elections were held today.
Seven percent of CORD supporters would vote for Kalonzo Musyoka while two percent would vote for Moses Wetangula.