With about 24 months to the next general election, the latest findings from an independent research show that Lugari MP Hon. Ayub Savula is the strongest candidate for the Governor seat in Kakamega County with support levels of 32% followed by the new comer Mr. Fernandes at 29%.
Former Senator Dr. Boni Khalwale comes in third with a rating of 27% with the incumbent Senator Cleophas Malala polling 2% behind the current deputy governor Mr. Philip Kutima at 3%.
4% of Kakamega residents are undecided as to whom to vote for whilst 1% would vote for any other candidate.
From the findings, a majority of the residents (44%) stated that Hon. Savula had put in considerable efforts to cover them from the pandemic as compared to his closet rival Mr. Ferdinand Barasa (3%1). With this in mind, Kakamega residents felt that Hon. Savula is likely to turn up during their hour of need.
Deputy Governor Mr. Phillip Kutima was considered to have gone missing during the pandemic and has done nothing away from the county government efforts to cushion residents from the pandemic.
Availability on Ground.
Those in support of Hon. Savula & Dr. Boni Khalwale indicated that the two leaders were the most available and approachable. Hon. Osundwa was considered as the most unavailable candidate with current senator Cleophas Malala said to appear when it best suits his political agenda.
Of those who would vote for Hon. Savula, 49% say he has a track record of performance as the MP for Lugari, while 28% believe that Fernandes Barasa from his resent activities, if given a chance, he would do a great job.
Political Party Affiliation
The Amani Congress has the highest number of supporters in Kakamega County with 61%. This is a clear indication that Kakamega remains an ANC stronghold. ODM has only 15% supporters’ whist 8% say they do not support any party.
The county is heading in the right direction
56% of the respondents are of the opinion that the county government is heading in the right direction. 24% feel that the county is heading in the wrong direction whilst 9% are neutral.
The findings are from a research conducted between 15th to 25th July 2020 where 700 registered voters living in the 12 sub counties in Kakamega County where interviewed through face to face interviews.