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Jubilee MPs rubbish 'fake' Uhuru popularity poll

31 May 2015, 17:37 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - MPs from the ruling Jubilee coalition have termed the results of a poll in which the popularity of President Uhuru Kenyatta was said to be dwindling as fake.

The MPs, drawn from constituencies in Nairobi, said Sunday that the recent poll in which that of Uhuru's chief rival Raila Odinga was said to be increasing in popularity as scandalous.

Led by Starehe MP Maina Kamanda, the MPs stated that the poll was not realistic and did not make any sense whatsoever.

Kamanda insisted that the polls released by the well known Ipsos Synovate did not reflect the reality on the ground.

" In 2013, we were told that the Jubilee coalition and our candidate had a popularity of 33 per cent. But what did we see at the end, an overwhelming first round victory," said Kamanda.

" We do not believe in these artificial polls. The only opinion we will take is that of God," he added.

According to the poll released last week, Kenyans’ confidence in the President dropped from 67 per cent to 48 per cent between December last year and April.

The survey showed that Kenyans' confidence in opposition leaders had risen, with Raila's rating rising from 24 per cent to 29 per cent.

The ratings of Cord co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula also rose, from 16 per cent to 18 per cent and 15 per cent to 18 per cent respectively.

The leaders were speaking at Ziwani AIC Church Service in Nairobi.

Kamanda was flanked by fellow Mps, Dennis Waweru of Dagoretti South, John Njoroge of Kasarani, George Theuri of Embakasi West, James Gakuya of Embakasi North and Waihenya Ndirangu of Roysambu.

Waihenya also said that he knew deep down that President Kenyatta was highly popular.

" We all know that the popularity of the president is sky high and that nothing will change that," he opined.

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