Best and Worst performers in Kenya 2014


The Star newspaper has been carrying out a survey for the last three weeks about the best and worst and worst performers in politics, business, civil society, fashion, entertainment and sports.

Readers were invited to respond to certain questions through filling in an online form or one from Star’s print edition.

Well, the verdict is out. Today read about the individuals Kenyans have picked for the best and worst person of the year in politics, business and civil society categories.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was chosen as the best in politics at 33.78 per cent, followed by first lady Margaret Kenyatta who successfully championed the Beyond Zero campaign this year. She garnered 17.57 per cent support from our survey. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga came third at 14.86 per cent, Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba took forth position at 6.76 per cent, Machakos governor Alfred Mutua was fifth with 5.41 per cent. The late Homabay Senator Otieno Kajwang was sixth with 4.05 per cent. Devolution and Planning cabinet secretary Ann Waiguru and Deputy President William Ruto were seventh and eighth with 4.05 per cent and 2.70 per cent respectively. Other leaders who were ranked were National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi (1.35 per cent), Lands cabinet secretary Charity Ngilu (1.35 per cent), Rachel Ruto (1.35 per cent), former Interior cabinet secretary Joseph ole Lenku (1.35 per cent), Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama (1.35 per cent) and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen (1.35 per cent).

In business, Keroche CEO Tabitha Karanja came tops with 35.14 per cent, followed by Industrialist Manu Chandaria at 18.92 per cent. Number three was a tie between Bidco CEO Vimal Shah and Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore at 16.22 per cent. Business magnate Chris Kirubi and former Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni came forth, both garnering 5.41 per cent. Uchumi Supermarkets CEO Jonathan Ciano got the support of 2.70 per cent of people who participated in the survey.

The best performing individual in civil society went to Stanley Kamau of the anti-jigger campaign with 27.40 per cent, followed by Pawa254 founder Boniface Mwangi with 20.55 per cent. Inuka Kenya Trust CEO John Githongo and Nderitu Njoka of Maendeleo ya Wanaume jointly tied at number three with 10.96 per cent, followed by activist Okiya Omtatah (8.22 per cent) and constitutional law expert Yash Pal Ghai and Gladwell Otieno (Africa Centre of Open Governance) with 5.48 per cent.

The best governor 2014 according to the survey was Alfred Mutua with 58.90 per cent, followed by Isaac Ruto 15.07 per cent. Nairobi governor Evans Kidero and Mombasa governor Hassan Joho came in third at 10.96 per cent. Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok followed with 2.74 per cent and lastly Kisumu governor Jack Ranguma at 1.37 per cent.

The best CEO title went to Bob Collymore with 40.54 per cent followed by Tabitha Karanja of Keroche with 25.68%, Vimal Shah (14.86 per cent), Jonathan Ciano (10.81 per cent) and Titus Naikuni (8.11 per cent).


Having looked at the best performers, let’s turn to the people Kenyans gave the barbs in the survey. Well, former Internal Security CS Joseph Ole Lenku was voted the worst person in politics with 32.86 per cent. Perhaps this can be attributed to his failure to curb the rising insecurity during his tenure, leading to the deaths of hundreds of Kenyans.

The second worst person was senator for Machakos,Johnstone Muthama. He has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. From the courts with his wife who had sued him of trying to eject her out of their matrimonial home, to brawling in parliament and having his pants being ripped off, to his battles with the Machakos county governor Alfred Mutua. He garnered 15.71 per cent. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga came third with 14.29 per cent, followed by Deputy president William Ruto, speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen with 10 per cent, 8.97 per cent and 4.29 per cent respectively.

In business, former Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni was voted the worst business person of the year with 39.34 per cent, followed by industrialist Chris Kirubi with 21.31 per cent.  Jonathan Ciano of Uchumi supermarkets was third least favourite business person of the year with 14.75 per cent vote. Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore and Keroche Indistries CEO Tabitha Karanja followed with 9.84 per cent.

In the civil society, the worst performers were Nderitu Njoka of the Maendeleo ya Wanaume fame with 41.27 per cent. Inuka Kenya Trust CEO John Githongo came in third with 14.29 per cent. He was followed by Okiya Omtatah, the director of Kenyans for Justice and Development Trust, with 9.52 per cent.

When it comes to governors, the worst governor title went to Jack Ranguma of Kisumu with 23.08 per cent followed by Nakuru governorKinuthia Mbugua with 15.38 per cent. Isaac Ruto of Bomet and Alfred Mutua were third and forth with  12.31 per cent and 10.77 per cent respectively. Mombasa’s Hassan Joho was fifth with 4.62 while Turkana governor Josephat Nanok was sixth with 3.08 per cent. 


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