Nairobi governor Dr Evans Kidero and his Kisumu counterpart Jack Ranguma have been ranked as the worst performing county heads in a report released by the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium.
According to the CRE-CO report that covered 10 counties, 53 percent of Nairobi residents interviewed said they are dissatisfied with Kidero’s performance since his election. The number of voters dissatisfied with Ranguma is higher with the report showing 67 percent of respondents being unhappy with Ranguma.
In contrast, respondents in Murang’a and Bomet counties have expressed general satisfaction with their elected governors Mwangi Wa Iria and Isaac Rutto respectively.
Iria scored a 71 percent approval rate while Ruto got an endorsement from 63 percent of those interviewed by CRE-CO.
The other governors studied in the opinion survey were Mombasa county’s Hassan Joho who came third with a 61 percent approval rating, Trans Nzoia’s Patrick Khaemba who scored 59 percent, Julius Malombe of Kitui county with 57 percent, Issa Timamy of Lamu county with 50 percent, and Kenneth Lusaka and Salim Mvurya of Bungoma and Kwale scoring 34 percent and 31 percent respectively.
Kidero and Ranguma further scored poorly in road management, resource management and employment creation.
Kidero was marked lowly on roads, resources and jobs at 41, 40 and 51 percent respectively, while Ranguma scored 39 percent, 68 percent and 80 percent respectively of those who voted against his handling of the three key sectors.
The leading counties of Bomet and Murang’a scored differently with Iria 62 percent, 64 percent and 59 percent approval rating for proper management of roads, resource management and job creation respectively.
Rutto on the other hand scored 48, 64 and 57 percent respectively in the management of roads, resources and job creation.
Interestingly, Bomet county don’t have much support for the referendum push by governors despite the architect of the plebiscite Isaac Rutto vote being the county’s head. The county only gave 42 percent support for the calls to amend the constitution.
Support for the plebiscite vote is on the other hand high in Kisumu at 84 percent of respondents in support of the process. Support for the the referendum is lowest in Murang’a county at only 25 percent of respondents interviewed supporting it.
Counties with the highest instances of insecurity include Lamu where 84 percent of respondents felt land disputes were the biggest threats to security. Forty-five percent of respondents in Nairobi are of the view that the biggest threat to security is tribal politics.
The study was conducted by the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium between October 3 and 16 with a sample size of 1496 respondents. The margin error ws -/+8.