A Poll by Radio Africa Group has revealed that Deputy President William Ruto did not make a political blunder by abandoning the defunct URP party to form Jubilee. Sixty-two per cent of those surveyed said Ruto’s move to fold his own political machine was not a mistake.
This week, many of Ruto’s allies have been crying foul, saying their counterparts in Uhuru’s former TNA party appear keen on shortchanging them.
The sentiments have been expressed by, among others, National Assembly Majority Whip Benjamin Washiali and Meru Senator Mithika Linturi.
“We sacrificed our parties and formed Jubilee. We dissolved our parties on the slogan Tuko Pamoja. But it appears we are not together. We want to get answers,” Washiali protested as the onslaught against Ruto intensified.
Only 36 per cent of respondents said Ruto made a political blunder by accepting the Jubilee merger.
A majority of those polled said the troubled Jubilee Party will survive to the 2022 polls.
Thirty-five per cent, however, said the party will disintegrate before the next election.
The poll strongly suggest that Nairobians believe Uhuru has not neglected Central Kenya in terms of development as alleged by some lawmakers.
Seventy-five per cent said Central Kenya has not been marginalised, only 23 per cent of the respondents said otherwise.
Seventy five per cent of Nairobians surveyed, however, said Central Kenya is demanding too much from the President.
Twenty-four per cent said the region is not demanding anything out of the ordinary in development.
Despite the turmoil in the ruling party, Jubilee remains the most popular political outfit.
Forty-four per cent of respondents said they feel closest to Jubilee.
In a possible warning signal to ODM, the poll suggests that the popularity of the once-dominant political outfit could be diminishing.
Only 15 per cent of the respondent said they feel closest to ODM.
However, only one per cent aid they support Musalia Mudavadi’s ANC , Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford Kenya and Ekuro Aukot’s Third Way Alliance.