The Kenya Kwanza Alliance has come under a barrage of ridicule after an impromptu poll carried out in Nakuru by a local television on Monday, June 27, saw the Roots party of Kenya leader George Wajackoyah come second after Raila Odinga, pushing William Ruto to the third position.
The impromptu poll conducted along the streets of Nakuru saw Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya presidential candidate Raila Odinga garner 50 votes followed by Wajackoyah who scooped 10 as Kenya Kwanza’s William Ruto emerged third with nine votes.
Opinion shapers have pointed to the mock presidential election results as a pointer to Wajackoyah’s growing popularity and William Ruto’s dwindling support among Kenyan voters of the younger generation.
The results of the poll have elicited mixed reactions with supporters allied to William Rto accusing KTN of being biased and using the allegedly stage-managed poll as an avenue to perpetuate their anti-Ruto campaign.
William Ruto’s staunch ally and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen was among the first to water down the results of the show and called out the local television station for what he termed as biased reporting.
“KTN is an embarrassment. The fact that the owner is in Azimio doesn’t give you the Licence to carry out stage-managed polls… in fact, the presenter’s body language clearly betrays him. Just before that poll the presenter was interviewing people and when one said “UDA” he became so agitated,” Murkomen said.
Soon after the polls, during his forays in the Nyanza region, Wajackoyah indicated that he was ready and willing to work with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in a formation that will likely deny Ruto the presidency if actualized.
“I am made to understand Baba came from Wanga (Kakamega), so we still have his bedroom in Mumias. I am a neighbor here and as you know, I am in the race with Baba. A victory for either of us will be a win for the Western region,” Wajackoyah said.
Recently, Raila’s confidant David Murathe also indicated that the Azimio government is likely to legalize marijuana, a message that caused happiness among Wajackoyah’s support base.
Are the two camps likely to work together?