A new IPSOS survey singles out Deputy President William Ruto as the likely candidate to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta were the election held today. The latest opinion poll conducted between March 4 and 12 suggests 33% of the interviewees believe Ruto would win. The survey had 2,003 respondents.
Following Ruto are Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Nasa leader Raila Odinga with 14%. Ruto has set in motion a long-range campaign for his 2022 State House bid. The DP has also been hosting high-level delegations and holding rallies disguised as official duties. This is despite warning politicians against engaging in early campaigns.
Harambee House handshake
Overall, in national terms, the Uhuru-Raila handshake had no measurable effect. That is, in terms of comparing those who were interviewed before or after the unexpected truce. Furthermore, Kenyans perceived the capacity of the Opposition to hold the Jubilee government to account as having increased after the handshake.
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