Kenyans Won't Miss Uhuru After 2022- Report

TIFA revealed in the Tuesday, July 27 report that 72 percent of Kenyans believe the country was headed the wrong direction.

Kenyans Won't Miss Uhuru After 2022- Report

A new survey by African-based research firm Trends and Insights For Africa (TIFA) has revealed the extent at which Kenyans will not remember President Uhuru Kenyatta once he leaves office in 2022.

TIFA revealed in the Tuesday, July 27 report that 72 percent of Kenyans believe the country was headed the wrong direction. 

This is attributed to the high cost of living (38 percent), unemployment crisis (16 percent), political issues (13 percent), corruption cases (ten percent), how the government has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic (ten percent) as well as the ever-rising debt in the country (five percent). 

Kenyans further criticised sections of Uhuru's legacy for laxating in the most crucial periods, with 18 percent blasting his tenure due to the spike in debt, economic hardships for many Kenyans (17 percent) as well as the increased corruption (11 percent).

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Deputy President William Ruto. /NAIROBI NEWS

Further, five percent exposed President Uhuru's blatant disregard for the Judiciary and the Constitution that began when he rejected six judges and appointed 34, a scenario that brought him at loggerheads with the members of the arm of government for weeks.

His deteriorating relationship with Deputy President William Ruto has made things worse, with four percent opining a negative perception of the two among Kenyans. 

"There is even more agreement about the presence of economic challenges at the local level, with the top four mentions (unemployment, the cost-of-living, hunger/famine, and poverty) in total attracting a clear majority of all responses (64 percent)," read part of the survey.  

However, 12 percent believed that the country was indeed headed in the right direction. Out of this, 18 percent praised the government's efforts in preventing a spike in infections from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

14 percent lauded the infrastructural projects within the country, education (nine percent), cost of living (eight percent), political issues (nine percent) as well as employment (six percent). 

Uhuru has only a year to go to finish his projects in the Big Four agenda aimed at etching him amongst legacy books. They include food security, affordable housing, manufacturing, and universal health coverage for all Kenyans. 

However, political figures have hit out at his decisions particularly to ditch the projects to focus on the Constitutional Amendment Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) bill, a brainchild of the handshake between him and ODM leader Raila Odinga. 

The bill was frozen in its tracks by the High Court and faces a ruling to determine whether it is pronounced dead on arrival or it is revived and Kenyans to vote on it through a referendum.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with ODM leader Raila Odinga presenting the BBI document. /THE STAR