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Ruto gains popularity in Ukambani after Raila-Kalonzo fallout

by Amos Khaemba

The fallout between Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party presidential candidate Raila Odinga has positively impacted the popularity rate of Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate William Ruto in the Ukambani region.

The former vice president quit the Azimio coalition party and revived his presidential ambition by naming Andrew Sunkuli as his running mate.

In a survey by Mizani Africa on Friday, May 20, Kenya Kwanza alliance presidential flag bearer has gained popularity in the three Ukambani counties because of the Kalonzo-Odinga fallout.

In Machakos County, DP Ruto has gained 10 % popularity while the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party presidential flag bearer popularity has dropped by 32 %.

The fact that Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua dumped Azimio for Kenya Kwanza could have also contributed to the current ratings of the leading presidential candidates in the county.

In Makueni County, Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition presidential flag bearer has lost 34.8 % popularity as DP Ruto gains 9.8 % as a result of the fallout with the Wiper leader.

The fallout between Kalonzo and the ODM leader has been felt more in Kitui County where Raila has lost 39 % support.

“Kitui is among the Lower Eastern region counties which have been shaken following the fallout of Raila and Kalonzo. Ruto on the other hand has been the beneficiary of the debacle as he gains a significant 9.4% while Raila loses a serious 39%.” Mizani Africa said in their findings.

Without a doubt, the fallout between Kalonzo and Raila will have a great impact on the presidential ambition of the ODM leader as he stands to lose more than 1,500,000 million votes.

Taking advantage of the situation, the Kenya Kwanza presidential flag bearer yesterday toured Kalonzo Musyoka’s backyard where he urged the Wiper party leader to join the alliance to build a new government together when elected president in the coming general elections.

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