Source: The Kenyan DAILY POST Politics 03:29

Friday, the 22nd of February 2013 – With just nine days to go to the March 4th elections, a new poll by Ipsos Synovate has shown that the Jubilee alliance flag bearer Uhuru Kenyatta has overtaken CORD’s Raila Odinga in terms of popularity with the electorate.

According to the poll, if elections were held today Uhuru would win with 44.8% of the vote while Raila would follow closely behind with 44.4% of the vote.

This latest poll, besides resting the argument about whether or not there will be a runoff, gives credence to the belief that a win in the March 4th election could be as slim as less than half a million votes.

The Ipsos poll also shows that the rest of the competition is trailing Uhuru and Raila by quite a distance. Musalia Mudavadi leads this chasing pack with followed by Peter Kenneth with 1.6%.

In terms of coalitions, Jubilee leads with Jubilee 45.1% followed by CORD with 44%.

The poll also shows that the ICC question is the biggest factor preventing Kenyans from voting for Uhuru with 56% of Kenyans saying that they don’t think he and his running mate William Ruto can run the country effectively while still having to attend trail sessions at the Hague.

On the same issue, 48% of Kenyans say that statements by foreign diplomats on Uhuru and Ruto could sway the elections.


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Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is President of African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), a pioneer professional associaiton bringing together members from all disciplines in Africa and abroad. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kisii University and also Director of Research and Professor in Peace and Strategic Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 2010-2013. He has previously taught at Central Washington University, USA (2005-2010) in African Studies Programme and Moi University (1992-2000) in the Department of Development Studies and other public universities in Kenya. Prof. Amutabi holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in History and African Studies. He received his B.A (Hons) in 1989 in Political Science and History and M.A in 1991 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Maurice Amutabi is co-editor of Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule (with Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o) – in 2013. Amutabi also co-edited Africa after Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections (with Toyin Falola and Sylvester Gundona) in 2012. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya (New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa (Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). Amutabi is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). His chapters have appeared in over thirty books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review, African Contemporary Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. Amutabi is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization. He is the editor-in-chief of Kenya Studies Review and Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences. Prof. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. He has taught courses on peace and conflict and gender and development. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. He enjoys blogging and writing and is an avid sports fan, but does not support any of team, preferring to support the team that plays well.
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