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President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Anti-Corruption War is Gaining Public Support

The government’s started up war against corruption has gained public endorsement, another poll discharged yesterday shows

The Infotrak Research poll indicates 52 percent trust the administration is doing what’s needed to battle corruption, however government a wary 43 percent are not persuaded.

Five percent have no sentiment concerning whether the war on corruption is yielding outcomes.

In the poll, conducted between November 29 and December 1, those who think the Jubilee administration is making progress cited highly-publicised arrests of high-profile suspects (47%), prosecutions of senior managers and directors of parastatals (42%) and the smooth relationship between the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (21%).

But those still having reservations cited rampant corruption (52%), failure to take action against the corrupt (29%) and lack of high-profile convictions (19%).

“Kenyans are saying the corrupt should be prosecuted in a court of law and should not be walking free,” Angela Ambitho, the Director of Infrotrack, said while releasing the findings in Nairobi.

The public is not interested in the arrest of small fish, they want to see political big wigs behind bars.

Uhuru’s leading anti-graft crusaders DPP Noordin Haji and DCI George Kinoti have in the past four months hauled big-name suspects to court.

About 110 public officials and traders have been charged with corruption. Some of the agencies under investigation include the Government Advertising Agency for the loss of Sh2.5 billion, National Cereals and Produce Board (Sh5.6 billion), Kenya Power (Sh470 million), Standard Gauge Railway (Sh2.8 billion) and National Youth service (Sh9 billion)

On Friday morning, the police arrested Kenya Pipeline Company bosses and senior officials of the National Health Insurance Fund.

Joe Sang, the Managing Director of KPC, spent the weekend in the cells alongside head of procurement Vincent Cheruiyot and company secretary Gloria Khafafa and Billy Aseka, the general manager for infrastructure over a Sh11 billion scandal.

They are accused of misappropriating funds during the procurement and construction of the Kisumu Oil Jetty.

Those arrested at the NHIF include former CEO Simeon Kirgotty, Gilbert Gathuo (head of ICT), and Robert Mureithi, a director of Web Tribe, an online payment company. They are expected in court today.

Previous high-profile cases already in court include that of former Youth PS Lillian Omollo, former Nairobi governor Evans Kidero, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Embakasi North MP Mwangi Gakuya and National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri.

The poll interviewed 1,500 respondents from 24 counties via Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews.

“It had a margin error of 2.5% at 95% degree of confidence,” Ambitho said.

North Eastern region tops with 68 percent confidence in the government’s fight against corruption with only 30 percent convinced the government has done little while three percent were undecided.

Second is Nasa leader Raila Odinga’s Nyanza turf where 59 percent agree that President Uhuru Kenyatta is serious about fighting graft, 37 percent disagree while four percent were undecided.

In Uhuru’s Central backyard, 58 percent are happy with the steps the government is taking to deal with corruption while 40 percent disapprove. Two percent neither approve nor disapprove.

Deputy President William Ruto’s home ground Rift Valley and ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi’s Western region are at position four and five respectively.

In the Rift Valley which also supported President Kenyatta in the 2017 General Election, 54 percent are of the opinion that war on corruption is progressing well, 43 percent are of a contrary opinion while three percent are of the wait and see attitude.

In Western seven percent said they do not have an opinion, 51 percent said the government is doing well while 41 percent disapprove and would like a more robust approach.

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