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  • Writer's pictureOrina Ontiri

Bomet county has 42 per cent referendum support, Rutto among the best performing governor

Bomet county registered 42 per cent support for Cord’s Okoa Kenya referendum in an opinion survey by Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRE-CO) that covered 10 counties.

This is despite coalition member Isaac Rutto being the county’s governor.

The report ranked Muranga’s support lowest at 25 per cent and Kisumu’s highest at 84 per cent.

CRE-CO conducted the study between October 3 and 16 using a sample size of 1,496 and a margin error of -/+8.

The report also ranked governors by performance, Murang’a and Bomet respondents however expressing general satisfaction with governors Mwangi Wa Iria and Rutto respectively.

Wa Iria scored a 71 per cent approval rate while Rutto got an endorsement from 63 per cent of the interviewees.

Nairobi’s Evans Kidero and Kisumu’s Jack Ranguma turned out to be the worst performing. Fifty three per cent of interviewed Nairobi residents said they are dissatisfied with Kidero’s performance since his election, while 67 per cent are unhappy with Ranguma’s.

Mombasa county’s Hassan Joho came third with a 61 per cent approval rating, Trans Nzoia’s Patrick Khaemba scored 59 per cent, Julius Malombe of Kitui county got 57 per cent, Lamu’s Issa Timamy scored 50 per cent and Kenneth Lusaka and Salim Mvurya of Bungoma and Kwale scored 34 and 31 per cent respectively.

Kidero and Ranguma also scored poorly in road management, resource management and employment creation. Kidero scored 41, 40 and 51 per cent in the three respective sectors, while Ranguma scored 39 per cent, 68 per cent and 80 per cent respectively of those who voted against him handling the sectors.

Bomet governor Isaac Ruto (right) appends his signature during the pesa mashinani launch in Bomet green stadium in September as his deputy Stephen Mutai looks on. Photo/FELIX KIPKEMOI

Wa Iria scored 62 per cent for roads, 64 per cent for resources and 59 per cent for job creation while Rutto scored 48, 64 and 57 per cent respectively.

Counties with the highest instances of insecurity turned out to be Lamu where 84 per cent of respondents felt land disputes were the biggest threats, and Nairobi where 45 per cent of the respondents thought tribal politics the biggest threat.


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