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Raila beats Ruto, Gachagua in latest governance rating – Infotrak

By Wangu Kanuri December 29th, 2023 2 min read

Raila Odinga, the chief opposition leader, scooped more ratings than President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua, in a recent survey by Infotrak.

The research showed the opposition was rated at 48 percent while President Ruto scooped 47% and DP Gachagua earned a 36% rating.

A closer look at the results showed that only the opposition was rated a percentage above 50% with their rating showing the Coast region at 50%, North Eastern (46%), Eastern (49%), Central (44%), Rift Valley (49%), Western (48%), Nyanza (52%) and Nairobi (44)%.

In 2023, Mr Odinga led protests to push for a lower cost of living and electoral justice.

The demonstrations were largely experienced in Nairobi and Kisumu counties where the opposition enjoys a huge following.

Mr Odinga explained that the protests are also aimed at addressing the issue of over-taxation by President Ruto’s administration.

He emphasized that this excessive taxation is detrimental to businesses, leading to the impoverishment of families and negatively impacting investment prospects. Odinga argued that for Kenya’s economic recovery, the Ruto government must cease these over-taxation practices.

“The importation of Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs) by Ruto and the company is a scheme to destroy the country’s food basket and to make Kenyans slaves to the American multinationals while enriching his cronies. For this reason, Ruto must go.”

However, the two leaders pursued a negotiated settlement of their political differences and named seven negotiators to stage the bipartisan talks.

The opposition coalition’s parliamentary group meeting came up with up to 10 demands, including measures to bring down the cost of living, a forensic audit of the electoral commission’s electronic results transmission and storage systems, reinstatement of four former commissioners forced to resign or fired after they questioned the validity of last year’s presidential election results, comprehensive electoral reforms and tighter rules to enforce political party discipline.

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