In Summary
  • Ms Waiguru said she has never been charged in a court of law for loss of public funds.
  • National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale said culpability for corruption should not be based on opinion, but evidence.
  • The survey showed that about a third of its respondents viewed Mr Ruto and Ms Waiguru as the most corrupt.

Deputy President William Ruto and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru have linked a survey released on Wednesday by Ipsos Synovate portraying them as corrupt to the 2022 succession battle.

They said the survey had been sponsored by their political rivals interested in swaying public perceptions in the run-up to the 2022 elections.

“The opinion was paid for by the political detractors of the DP who think this will help their course to the presidency. The findings are part of the political scheme by the usual failures because how do you measure perception?” Mr Ruto’s spokesman and Director of Communications at his office David Mugonyi said.

 He added: “The so-called survey used data that is too politically correlated to be meaningful. At a time when people are so desperate that they want to amend the Constitution to bar the DP from running for the presidency, it should not shock anyone that a survey like this would be concocted.”

LOSS OF PUBLIC FUNDS

Also questioning the credibility of the poll was Ms Waiguru, who said she has never been charged in a court of law for loss of public funds.

“I have had enough,” she said. “Ipsos is being used by politicians to taint my name because they are worried about 2022. They have seen that Kirinyaga County is progressing and they are upset.”

National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale, who was also in the Ipsos list, also weighed in, saying culpability for corruption should not be based on opinion, but evidence. “You cannot indict people with results from hired people,” he said.

The survey showed that about a third of its respondents viewed Mr Ruto and Ms Waiguru as the most corrupt of “all the current and past but still alive political leaders”. Further down the list were politicians from across the divide.

SCANDALS

The major cases of corruption the respondents said they had heard about were led by the scandals at the National Youth Service, Kenya Power, sugar and maize importation scams, graft allegations at the National Cereals and Produce Board, the Ruaraka school land saga, Kenya Pipeline and construction of the Standard Gauge Railway. The Nation has exposed the scandals mentioned by the respondents over the past four months.

Ipsos research analyst Tom Wolf, who released the findings yesterday, defended the survey, saying the company sponsored and followed all requirements for the poll. “That is why we gave a trend of the response in some of the questions as the firm has been on these specific since 2011,” he said. “Not all respondents understand the questions, but the findings are fairly accurate.”

On the loss of Sh791 million at the National Youth Service in 2015 when she was Devolution Cabinet Secretary, Ms Waiguru threatened to make public the names of powerful individuals she claimed were the authors of an affidavit by hairdresser Josephine Kabura that incriminated her and other senior government officials with the loss.

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