Obama Rallies Kenya in Fighting Corruption, Hails Progress

If the NRM were to conduct internal elections to elect the ruling party’s torch-bearer for the 2016 elections, seek President Museveni would win such a poll with a staggering 69 percent, tadalafil a poll by a reputable Kampala firm has revealed.

1,238 of 1,822 sampled respondents said they would vote Museveni while 14 percent (255) said they support former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to lead the party in the next elections.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga came third with 145 respondents (8 percent) and former Vice President Prof Gilbert Bukenya trailed with 3 percent.

6 percent (130) of respondents said they were undecided.

Africa Research Institute (ARI), which carried out the Field work between June 20 to July 4, 2015, said respondents were asked: “If NRM was to pick a flag-bearer today, who would, you vote?”

The Kampala-based firm said it conducted “an independent national representative opinion poll in June and July 2015 with the aim of assessing the opinions and attitudes of voting-age Ugandans to 2016 general elections.”

According to ARI, the survey was carried out in four key regions of the country (North, West, Central and East), with a total sample of 1,822 respondents.

A total of 79 parishes across the regions were sampled.


The researchers did not sample the West Nile region due what they described as logistical challenges.

Of these, 1,000 respondents (54.8 percent) were male and 822 or (45.2 percent) female and that results were given with a +/-3 percent margin of error at a 97 percent confidence level.

The poll comes at a time when Mbabazi is trying to wrestle power from the incumbent, President Museveni.

Mbabazi said time has come for a political transition in Uganda before promising to improve the quality of education and healthcare in the country.

The research did not give reasons for people’s choices of the NRM politicians.

Observers say the poll’s findings portray Mbabazi as a weak candidate who has a long way to go to secure the party’s top position.

Mbabazi 2016 campaign spokesperson Josephine Nkangi was not readily available for comment on Sunday afternoon.

She, however, recently told ChimpReports that the Mbabazi team is working towards taking away support from 95 percent of NRM Delegates.

“It is true the presidential hopeful (Mbabazi) is already physically in touch with 80 percent of his party members (National Delegates) who are pivotal for the Namboole event scheduled for November. In fact we wanted and also still want 95 percent of them,” said Ms Nkangi recently.

Bukenya and Kadaga did not respond to our telephone calls.

That the two top NRM officials are perceived by the public as presidential material tells a lot about who is likely to succeed President Museveni after his retirement.

How respondents would vote in an internal election
How respondents would vote in an internal election

Presidential election

The research firm also asked respondents: “If national elections were held today, who would you vote as President?”

According to the findings seen by ChimpReports, 1,166 out of 1,822 respondents said they would vote President Museveni thus giving him a 64 percent lead over his rivals Kizza Besigye, Amama Mbabazi, Mugisha Muntu, Norbert Mao and Jimmy Akena.

Besigye took the second position with 255 respondents being supportive of the former FDC president, representing 14 percent.

Mbabazi came third with 9 percent (163), performing better than presidential hopeful Mugisha Muntu who scored 3 percent (54 respondents).

DP President Mao came fourth with 2 percent and UPC’s Jimmy Akena 1 percent.

At least 7 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

ARI said in the report that they used “face-to-face interviews for all the respondents,” adding, “The interviews were guided by a structured questionnaire with randomly selected samples.”


The findings show that 823 males and 415 females supported Museveni’s return to power.

In contrast, Mbabazi had more females (220) supporting his presidential bid than men (35).

Observers are likely to argue that this could be a sympathy vote from women commiserating with Mbabazi for being removed last year from the positions of NRM Secretary General and Prime Minister after serving Museveni as a loyal cadre for over two decades.

120 females and 25 males out of 1,822 respondents supported Kadaga for presidency, implying the Speaker appeals to women than men in the country. Bukenya had more support from males (34) than females (20).

83 females and 47 males said they were undecided.

According to ARI, the gender breakdown was 1,000 males (54.8 percent) and 822 females (45.2 percent)

Regional breakdown

NORTH – 385 respondents (or 21 percent)

WEST – 492 respondents (or 27 percent)

EAST – 454 respondents (or 24 percent)

CENTRAL/KAMPALA – 551 respondents (or 28 percent)
President Barack Obama has made a call for collective commitment by Kenyans to wipe out corruption which he said continues to hinder development in the country.

Obama made it quite elaborate that corruption is not unique to Kenya alone but world over.

“There are many countries that deal with this problem and I want to assure you, cialis 40mg I speak about it everywhere I go. I don’t want anyone to be sensitive about it, ” said Obama while addressing a huge gathering at Kasarani stadium in Kenya.

The U.S. leader who is on 3-day state visit said the problem with Kenya is the continued tolerance of corruption as an everyday occurrence.

“People just think that it’s the normal state of affairs,” he wondered, saying every Kenyan shilling lost in bribes could create jobs and develop the East African economic powerhouse.

He emphasized the need to change attitude towards corruption and urged government to fix corruption at top levels as well.

“Here in Kenya it’s time to change habits and decisively break that cycle. Corruption holds back every aspect of economic and civil life,” he emphasised.

President Uhuru Kenyatta recently sacked top officials in government bodies over deeply entrenched corruption.

He further recommended their prosecution in courts of law in what was seen as a major step in fighting graft.

The US President stated that laws won’t be enough in fighting the vice but government should prosecute the corrupt and that NGOs need space to operate and public to also play their part.

On the part of the US government, Obama pledged continued partnership and supporting investments in strong democratic countries.

On the positive side of his remarks, Obama commended the progress that is visible in Kenya.

He stressed that Kenyans have been able to learn from the past mistakes to consolidate economic and political gains over a period of time.

Key among the positives highlighted by Obama was significant economic progress.

“New investment is making Kenya a hub for regional trade. When I came here as US senator, I pointed out that South Korea’s economy was the same as Kenya when I was born but was 40 times larger than Kenya. But today the gap has been cut by half just in the last decade which means Kenya is progressing,” he added.

Other areas of progress Obama cited included; multi-party democracy, freedom of the press and Kenya’s role as a regional peacekeeper.

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