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Kenyan Elections Falls Short of Change

Jul 22, 2022

Umamah Bakharia 

With Kenyan elections coming up on the 9th of August, the country’s economy is again a top voter issue. Analysts say there is little to no hope in the expectations for sustainable change following the elections.

George Wajackoyah ranks a distant third behind front-runners former prime minister Raila Odinga and William Ruto.

Speaking to Radio Islam, the Chairperson of the African Dispora Forum, Amir Sheikh says Kenya’s election turnout has always been reasonably low. “The reason being  since 1992 there has been a lot of promises that have made by politicians in Kenya but non of them clam to manifestation,” says Sheikh.

The vast population does not see the point of voting as the country suffers economically. “Populas are saying that yes, it’s another election they hope that it will not be one that will be disputed,” he says.



Opinion surveys indicate that Wajackoyah is unlikely to win the August 9 election. But his approval among Kenyans is rising. A  recent Trends for Insights Africa survey showed he had an approval rating of 7%, translating to about 150,000 votes on election day.

According to Sheikh there is a bit of hope because of Odinga, but the vast majority in Kenya are not optimistic about the upcoming elections.


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