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A new poll by Trends and Insights Africa (TIFA) has found that 12% of Kenyans who voted for President William Ruto in the last general election do not believe he won the election.
The survey also found that only 14% of supporters of Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio La Umoja coalition, believe that Ruto defeated Odinga.
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According to the poll, only 48% of all voters in Kenya believe that Ruto won the election, despite being declared the winner by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Ruto received 7,176,141 votes, while Raila received 6,942,930 votes.
“Among those who claim to have voted for either of the two main 2022 presidential contenders, only a modest plurality believe that the officially declared winner William Ruto did in fact receive the most votes(49% vs. 37%) However the split on this issue did not achieve this (75% vs. 71%,”TIFA said.
The findings come as the opposition holds demonstrations calling for the opening of electoral servers to determine if Ruto truly won the election.
Uhuru Kenyatta involvement in Politics
Meanwhile, the study also found that 59% of Kenyans want former President Uhuru Kenyatta to stay away from politics and enjoy retirement while 36% say he should stay.
“Even among Azimio supporters whose presidential candidate he supported in last year’s election(Odinga) barely half(51%) feel he should remain politically active in retirement, though (unsurprisingly) an overwhelming majority of Kenya Kwanza supporters (70%) hold a contrary view,”TIFA added.
This comes as Kenya Kwanza leaders allege that Kenyatta is funding opposition demonstrations in the country.
“Uhuru Kenyatta because you are the principal sponsor of the demonstrations being orchestrated by Raila Odinga, Odinga is a mercenary for hire,hired by our former President and there is nothing to hide about,”National Assembly Majority leader Kimani Ichungwa said.
The research firm conducted face to face interviews at the household level. The interviews were conducted in 9 regions mainly Central Rift, Coast, lower eastern, Mt Kenya, Nairobi, Northern, Nyanza, South Rift and Western