A poll conducted in Nairobi’s 17 constituencies by Radio Africa Group has revealed that a majority of Kenyans at 65 per cent believe Murathe does not speak for the majority in Central Kenya.
Murathe has pledged to form a Stop Ruto movement, including leading a mass walkout from Jubilee.
Only 32 per cent of respondents said Murathe was speaking for a majority in Central Kenya.
Sixty three per cent of those interviewed also supported Murathe’s resignation following his relentless onslaught against Ruto.
However, 32 per cent said he ought to have remained in his party post.
Uhuru has been giving mixed signals about his commitment to support Ruto, amid claims that some Mount Kenya elites have been secretly gravitating towards ODM leader Raila Odinga and ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi.
In November last year, Uhuru gave the clearest hint that he may not support Ruto and declared that his choice for a successor will be a shocker.
“They think because Uhuru is going home in 2022, he will not have a word on what will happen. I am telling them when the right time comes, I will have something to say,” the President told a rally in Nyeri on November 1.
According to the poll, an overwhelming majority of 77 per cent say Uhuru will have a major influence on who becomes president in 2022.
This means that whomever the President throws his weight behind would have a big advantage.
Twenty-one per cent said, however, that a retiring Uhuru will have no influence whatsoever on who becomes the next occupant of State House.
Two per cent said they do not know whether Uhuru would have any influence.