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President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) and his Deputy William Ruto (right) and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (left) during the launch of the BBI report at State House. /FILE.

, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 30 – A new survey by TIFA has revealed that majority of Kenyans prefer to take a vote on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) proposals.

The survey conducted between December 17- 22 with a sample population of 765 respondents shows that 60 percent of Kenyans are rooting for the popular initiative while 14 percent want a parliamentary route. 25 percent said they do not know.

The study further shows that 69 per are yet to read contents of the document that was launched on November 27 at the Bomas of Kenya by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his handshake partner ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga.

Among the few who have had a chance to study the document, according to the survey, significantly mention the proposal touching on the creation of the Prime Minister’s post at 15 per cent and the creation of elective seats for women at 5 percent.

“All the respondents whether they have read the report (or not) want a referendum,” TIFA said in its report containing the study results that were made public on Monday.

Further, the report placed women to less knowledgeable about the contents of the report compared to men with the age of the former ranging from 18 -24 years.

Kenyans living in Nairobi and Nyanza were recorded as more knowledgeable of the report as compared to those living in other regions.

The data, collected through telephonic interviews, further revealed that the highest support for the referendum comes from the coast and Nairobi regions followed by Nyanza and Rift Valley regions.

Political leaders continue to drum up support for the report that has been much publicly touted to be the solution to Kenya’s perennial problems that range from divisive elections, ethnicity, land injustices among others.

The former premier Odinga sparked a storm last week during an interview on Citizen Television with his new slogan of (Deputy President William) Ruto must go slogan”.

In the interview, Odinga was categorical that Ruto who is setting his sights to become the country’s fifth president should be locked out of the race owing to his questionable source of wealth, in what has rattled politicians allied to him.

His remarks immediately sparked fury from DP Ruto lieutenants led by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen who accused Odinga, the AU special envoy on Infrastructure of being “hypocritical and deceitful.”


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