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Kenya: Kenneth dismisses opinion polls terming it baseless

Posted by African Press International on February 18, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

The Eagle Alliance presidential candidate Peter Kenneth has dismissed the Ipsos Synovate opinion poll following the Monday’s presidential debate, terming it baseless.

Kenneth said that no one won the debate but Kenyans who took their time to watch it for the long hours it was aired.“The winner of the debate is the people of Kenya who organized and watched it diligently,” he said.

According to the poll released on Tuesday, Mr Kenneth came third with 7 percent after Jubilee presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta who led with 40 percent and Cord candidate Raila Odinga with 33 percent.

Mr Kenneth said that the pollsters have been lying to Kenyans for a long time and setting for them misleading agenda, and that it is high time they are dismissed.

He added that the pollsters have been using the same number of people as a sample each time they conduct the polls and therefore the results cannot be scientifically proven.

“They have been using 2000 people every time they conduct the polls, how do they expect the results to change?” he posed, adding, “There is no need to be economical with the truth, look at Kenyans in the eye and tell them the real problems.”

The pollster used Computer Aided Telephone Interviews (CATI) to interview 1,074 respondents who said they had followed the debate either on television or radio.

The immediate Gatanga Member of Parliament made the remarks when he took his presidential campaigns to the home of his running mate Ronny Osumba in Sagam and Yala, Gem District of Siaya County.

Kenneth asked the Gem residents to free themselves from bondage of voting for one party each election time, saying that their son Jaramogi Oginga Odinga fought for multiparty democracy.

“You now have the freedom to choose, I know you have your man here going for the same seat but weigh each of us first before making a decision,” he said.

The Planning and National Development Assistant Minister boasted of his development track record both in the ministry and as Gatanga Member of Parliament and asked the electorates not to follow euphoria or emotions when casting their votes.

“Promises have become the cheapest commodity in town and I am not giving you empty promises, I have done it for the people of Gatanga and I am ready to do the same for Kenyans,” he said.

He said security of the people tops his agenda and pledges to protect the country from external attacks as was witnessed in the case of Migingo Island.

The minister was accompanied by his running mate Osumba who called on the youth to rise and take up leadership positions because their time is now and not tomorrow.

“We the people of Siaya love peace and democracy, that is why we were able to reject the flawed nomination results,” he said.

In an indirect reference to the Odinga leadership, Osumba said that Siaya County has been led from one (Southern) side for too long and it was now time for the leadership to be brought to the Northern side.


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