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Waititu Beats Kabogo By Very Wide Margin - Opinion Poll.

A new opinion poll shows that if the General Elections were held today, Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu would beat the current Kiambu Governor William Kabogo with a landslide margin.

The poll by Trends and Insights for Africa Research Limited (TIFA) conducted between July 28 to 31 this year says Waititu is the most favourite Kiambu gubernatorial candidate with 49% of voters saying they would elect him, with 22% saying they would vote for the current governor.

With about 12 months to the next General Election, the survey that was released Monday August 8th also indicate that 18% of Kiambu residents are undecided as to whom to vote for whilst 8% would vote for James Nyoro who was Kabogo’s strongest competitor in the 2013 elections.

TIFA Director Maggie Ireri said that the race will be a clash of the titans between bitter rivals Waititu and Kabogo and that the residents of Kiambu need to brace themselves for this.

Those opposed to Kabogo say they were not happy with the way the county was ran. Kabogo’s supporters indicated that he had a track record of good performance and that he has brought development to Kiambu.

The Kiambu senatorial seats appears to have attracted very few contenders with the incumbent Kimani Wamatangi garnering the highest support levels at 44% while Stanley Githunguri has only 3% supporting him and George Nyanja 2%.

A large proportion of residents (46%) were undecided about whom to vote for as their senator.
The study indicate that 62% of voters are also undecided about whom to vote for as their women’s representative while incumbent Ann Nyokabi Gathecha is the only candidate with a high candidature preference of 28%.

Among those interviewed, 36% are of the opinion that the county government is heading in the right direction while 34% feel that the county is heading in the wrong direction. Twenty six per cent are neutral.

620 registered voters in the county where interviewed.

In Nairobi, Evans Kidero still enjoyed relative support but faced opposition from Mike Sonko.

The findings showed that 36% of voters would vote for Kidero while 30% would vote for Sonko. Johnson Sakaja, Bishop Wanjiru and Dennis Waweru stand at 3% while CS Eugene Wamalwa stands at a paltry 1%.

In the Senate race, incumbent Sonko leads with 39% in a largely open field which has left 31% respondents still undecided.

9% of the respondents backed Nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro, 8% said they supported Nominated Senator Beth Mugo, while 19% said they would vote other candidates.

In the County Woman Representative’s contest, the poll suggests that 43% of the registered voters in city were undecided on who should fill the seat currently held by Rachel Shebesh.

The poll indicates that Shebesh was lagging behind businesswoman Esther Passaris who she beat in the 2013 contest. 28% of the respondents said they would vote for Passaris if the elections were called today, while 20% were in support of Shebesh.

Other aspirants for the Woman Representative’s seat were Wangui Ng’ang’a (2pc), Karen Nyamu (1pc), Sylvia Mingala (1%), Millicent Omanga (1%) and other aspirants (2%).

The same survey showed that Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua enjoyed massive support and would to retain the his seat if elections were 81% of voters would re-elect Mutua, while 8% would vote for Johnson Muthama as Governor.

Mutua’s rival in the past election Wavinya Ndeti only enjoyed 5% support with Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala had 3% support.

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