Poll: Kenyans want ‘corrupt’ ministers out

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By Peter Opiyo and Susan Anyangu

Majority Kenyans want ministers suspected to be involved in corrupt deals to resign.

Of the 1,012 respondents interviewed by the Steadman Group, 71 per cent want them out of office, pending investigation

Majority respondents want Agriculture Minister William Ruto and his Energy colleague Kiraitu Murungi to resign.

“Fifty-six per cent of the respondents think Mr Ruto should step down, while 21 per cent say Kiraitu should resign. Those who feel Trade Minister Amos Kimunya should resign are seven per cent, Internal Security Minister George Saitoti, five per cent, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, three per cent and Justice Minister Martha Karua two per cent,” the poll indicates.

Steadman’s Tom Wolf said: “Surprisingly, 51 per cent of respondents, who feel close to ODM and its affiliates think Ruto should step aside while 63 per cent of those who associate with PNU and its affiliates think the Agriculture minister should resign”.

Censure motion

The release of the poll comes hot on the heels of a censure Motion in Parliament against Ruto. Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale filed the Motion citing the maize scandal. The Motion was, however, defeated.

In the findings released yesterday, Kanu supporters are most concerned about the ministers’ resignation, posting 78 per cent, while supporters of PNU are second at 76 per cent.

ODM and people not affiliated to any political party are the least concerned, with both registering 71 per cent of respondents interviewed.

Ruto leads the pack in preference for resignation, with 56 per cent supporting this view.

The minister has been on the spot over claims that the National Cereals and Produce Board sold maize to brokers and briefcase middlemen as Kenyans starved.

Unscrupulous millers allegedly acquired maize from NCPB and exported it to Southern Sudan.

Interestingly, Kiraitu, whose ministry parastatal Kenya Pipeline Company, was allegedly involved in a Sh7.6 billion oil scandal, comes after Ruto in preference for resignation with only 21 per cent preferring he quits.

The Kenya Pipeline Company and the Ministry of Energy have been hard pressed over a scandal in which 126.4 million litres of oil held in trust were irregularly released to the troubled Triton Oil Company owned by Yagnesh Mr Devani.

On political parties, 63 per cent of PNU supporters want Ruto to leave office compared to ODM’s 51 per cent and Kanu’s 61 per cent, while 21 per cent in ODM want Kiraitu to resign compared to PNU’s 19 per cent and Kanu’s 28 per cent.

One in every two Kenyans doubts the Grand Coalition Government’s commitment to fighting corruption.

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