Majority of Kenyans have said they will mainly consider the issue of integrity in deciding on whom to vote as their next President in the coming elections. According to a new poll released by the Infotrak Harris research and consulting company, also to be prioritised by Kenyans as they weigh who will be President Kibaki's successor will be development consciousness and one who is open minded.
Person of high integrity got the high score of 18 percent while development conscious and open minded received 17 percent. "Apart from being a person of high integrity, the surveyed Kenyans recorded their wish to have a development conscious and open minded person 17 percent, transparent and accountable 15 percent, honest and trustworthy 15 percent and a visionary leader 13 percent," indicated the survey released yesterday by Infotrak Managing Director Angela Ambitho.
The poll was conducted between May17 and 19, 2012 where a sample of 2400 respondents was interviewed across the country. The survey was conducted and sponsored by the same firm. Kenyans also said they value a President who is none tribal giving it 10 percent, followed by a nationalist, God fearing, and hard working all got 7 percent.
According to Ambitho, the high score of on none tribal candidate is a pointer that Kenyans do not want the hopefuls to be declaring that certain tribes or regions are their voting blocks. Those who have already declared they want to succeed President Kibaki are Eldoret North MP William Ruto and Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta. The two are already facing charges at the International Criminal Court over their alleged role in the 2008 post election violence which left over 1,300 Kenyans dead and hundreds of others internally displaced.
Other presidential aspirants are Prime Minister Raila Odinga, deputy premier Musalia Mudavadi, planning assistant minister Peter Kenneth, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, Gichugu MP Martha Karua, Gachoka MP Mutava Musyimi, former education permanent secretary James ole Kiyiapi and former information minister and ex Rarieda MP Raphael Tuju. The elections will be held on March 4th, 2013 according to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission calendar and the hopefuls are already crisscrossing all parts of the country on a vote hunting mission.
According to the survey, Kenyans also want an educated and informed person rating it at 5 percent while being humble got 4 percent, good manager and a performer 3 percent, experience 3 percent, brave, peacemaker and social each scored 2 percent. Being young and gender sensitivity scored lowest with each scoring 1 percent. Those surveyed were asked what they will be looking for in electing their next President.
But when asked what they value most for themselves, majority of Kenyans cited material wealth rating it 8.21 out of 10. The second most rated value is financial security 8.18, career success 8.13, family life 7.90, freedom 7.85, while self development scored 7.80. "The most important principle as noted by majority of Kenyans at an incidence level of 8.21 was material wealth, with more of them being the females 8.38 compared to males 8.07," said Ambitho.
Pleasure was rated at 7.61, responsibility 7.51, reciprocity 7.46, friendship 7.38, spiritual faith 7.35, compassion 7.06 while generosity was rated lowest at 6.89. On regions, the survey indicates that those living in Nairobi have a higher value on all the cited principles while the least scores were witnessed in North Eastern province.