NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 21 – A new opinion poll shows that Kiambu Governor William Kabogo, Mombasa’s Hassan Joho and Alfred Mutua of Machakos stand high chances of being re-elected if elections were held today.
According to the poll by the Trends and Insights Africa (TISA), Joho has support of up to 68 per cent ahead of his challenger Suleiman Shahbal who has 15 per cent while Senator Hassan Omar has 7 per cent popularity.
TISA Director Maggie Ireri who released the results stated that Joho’s popularity is steadfast despite the war of words with President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited the area.
“In Mombasa, we cannot say he is gaining ground. The only thing I can conclude is that he is a popular candidate regardless of what the Jubilee Government has been doing in Mombasa,” she said.
“Regardless of that, he is a popular candidate and the local people are more alive to him since he is closer to them,” she stated.
She indicated that Mutua of the Chap Chap party enjoys 75 per support in Machakos ahead of his challenger Wavinya Ndeti who has 8 per cent while deputy Governor Bernard Kiala of Wiper has 7 per cent support.
“We see Alfred Mutua the incumbent hit 75 percent. Then we have Wavinya Ndeti, second placed at 8 percent, we have another 8 percent who are undecided,” he stated. “We have Bernard Kiala who I believe is the deputy Governor at 7 percent.”
She further pointed out that in Kiambu, Kabogo is leading with 46 per cent ahead of Ferdinand Waititu at 33 percent.
An Infotrak poll released on Monday revealed that Governor Evans Kidero will retain the Nairobi seat if Senator Mike Sonko and Peter Kenneth go to the August polls individually.
The survey showed that Sonko and Kenneth will get 23 and 20.2 percent of votes respectively, while Kidero will get 35.3 per cent to clinch the county’s top seat.
The race for the county’s to top job boils down to three candidates across all the parties.
Sonko and Kenneth remain Jubilee’s favourite controlling 43.2 per cent of the electorate.
Others are Miguna Miguna at 1.2 per cent, Margret Wanjiru with 0.9 per cent, Esther Passaris with 0.7 per cent and Denis Waweru at 0.6 per cent.
The survey found that 18 per cent of voters are undecided.
Shortly after Kenneth submitted his papers last week, Sonko, accompanied by his supporters presented his nomination papers in preparation for his bid for governor.
Senator Sonko accused unnamed persons various people of frustrating his Nairobi governor bid.