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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Kidero likely winner as Sonko, Kenneth feud

Nairobi governor Evans Kidero./HEZRON NJOROGE
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero./HEZRON NJOROGE

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero could retain the seat if Senator Mike Sonko and former presidential aspirant Peter Kenneth go to the next polls individually.

An opinion poll released yesterday by Infotrak found that 35.3 per cent of the sampled people said they would vote for Kidero, 23 per cent for Sonko and 20.2 per cent for Kenneth.

Eight hundred respondents were sampled with a margin of error of -/+ 3.5 at 95 per cent degree of confidence.

The race for the county’s top job boils down to the three candidates across all the parties.

Sonko and former Presidential aspirant Kenneth remain Jubilee’s favourite controlling a total of 43.2 per cent of the electorate.

Others are Miguna Miguna with 1.2 per cent support, Margret Wanjiru at 0.9 per cent, Esther Passaris with 0.7 per cent and Denis Waweru managing a meagre 0.6 per cent.

Eighteen per cent of voters remain undecided.

“A sample of 800 respondents was interviewed to represent the 2016 Nairobi county projected adult population of 2,043,643,” the pollster said.

Sonko has said that his campaign against Kenneth is personal and urged Nairobi residents to reject the former Gatanga MP.

He accused some people of frustrating his Nairobi governor bid and used abusive words against fellow politicians when he was interviewed by Citizen TV on Sunday evening.

“I am not ready for consensus with this person [Kenneth]. We know what he did in 2013 ... He refused to step down for my boss," Sonko said.

The senator was yesterday forced to apologise after he referred to Kenneth as "an albino or whatever" and a criminal.

"Let him feel what we felt at that time. I will not accept it even if he steps down to become my running mate," Sonko said.

Kenneth has not responded to the attacks.

Miguna, however, wrote on his Twitter handle: "I've just watched the most disgraceful TV interview between the primitive Mike Sonko and [host Hussein] Mohamed. How low can the cartel media go?"

Miguna has been referring to the media as a cartel that is out to thwart his bid for governor.

The sampling frame was designed to cover all the 17 subcounties in Nairobi and the sample split was guided by population proportionate to size as stipulated in the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census.

The poll data was collected between March 18 and 19.

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