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Kenyans Rate 2018 as a Bad Year, High Cost of Living And no Job – TIFA Poll

Some 59 percent of the Central region resident felt 2018 has been bad followed by Rift Valley at 57.

Eastern, Nairobi, and Western tied at 52 percent while Northerneastern had the least record (30 percent) of bad year perception.

However, 36 percent of the people sampled felt that 2018 has been better than 2017.

Similar research towards the end of 2017 had only 12 percent rate that year as better.

TIFA researchers think the rise in “better” perception index is attributed to the fact that “2017 was marked by election upheavals and tensions which dissipated in 2018 after the “handshake” between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga.”

Regarding the political climate, the report says “at least half of Kenyans felt that the political climate and security situation improved.”

Further, the researchers also believe that the hardship perception by 2018 can be attributed to some laws that tightened the economic conditions in the country.

“In November 2018, the 12-month inflation was at a high of 5.581 and this was after the introduction of VAT on petroleum products and also introduction of levies on mobile and cash transfers,” the report reads in part.

Regarding employment prospects, the report says “Kenyans were [also] hit by job losses as a number of companies downsized in a bid to stay afloat following a tough political year that affected the economy.”

Concerning the fight against corruption, the respondents showed high confidence on President Kenyatta’s effort at 76 percent, followed by DPP Noordin Haji (69), DCI George Kinoti (65) and Judiciary at 53 percent.

The police are trailing the pack at 25 percent in public confidence level in the fight against corruption.

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