An opinion poll done by Mizani Africa Research organization has shown that deputy president Dr William Ruto's United Democratic Alliance (UDA) hopefuls would beat rivals if gubernatorial elections were held in two South Rift counties (Kericho and Bomet).
This follows after the poll indicated that Devolution Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter is the most popular in the race to succeed the retiring Prof Paul Chepkwony in Kericho. Keter had a popularity rating of 36.5%. A popular politician referred to as Dr Erick Mutai emerged second with 26.1%. Another individual known as Fred Kirui was the third with 17.4%.
In Bomet, the Incumbent county boss Dr Hillary Barchok leads with 42.0% while the former governor Isaac Rutto, who also owns a party called Chama Cha Mashinani (CCM), was close to him with 40.3%. Engineer John Mosonik followed with 15.5%. However, 2.2 % of the sampled respondents were undecided.
The polls have hinted that the two counties are likely going to have their governors elected on UDA tickets. The party, which is associated with Dr Ruto is seeking to establish itself not only in Rift Valley region, but the entire country by settling on formidable aspirants for various seats in the forthcoming polls. The DP will also be seeking the highest office in the land on the political outfit.
This comes as the nation prepares itself for August 2022 general election. It goes without saying that Kenyans are going to vote for Members of County Assemblies (MCAs), governors, Members of Parliament (MPs), senators, governors and a president.
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