If Juja by-elections were to be held today, businessman James Marungo alias JM would beat his ten competitors by garnering 37.0 percent of votes.
According to pre-election poll results released by Clear-Cut Research and Professional Surveys Institute, an independent team of research analysts that includes professionals from all sectors, JM’s popularity would easily see him clinch the parliamentary position mainly owing to his ground presence when the late MP Francis Munyua alias Wakapee was terminally ill.
“Most respondents indicated that JM has been delivering services indiscriminately even before Wakapee succumbed to an illness. His ground presence, passion to serve and his drive to move the constituency to another level seem to have worked in his favor,” read the survey in sections.
The research was conducted at Kalimoni, Theta, Murera, Witeithie and Juja wards within the constituencies between February 5-April 30, 2021.
5,000 respondents are said to have participated in the poll findings.
‘The results reveal that the jubilee flagbearer Susan Njeri Waititu has lost overall popularity from the time she won the party ticket to 21 percent. On the other hand, Dr. Joseph Gichui, an independent candidate has gained more popularity from 3 percent in February to 20 percent in the current date,” the findings indicated in sections.
JM’s popularity rose from 7 percent in February to the current 37.0 percent due to what most respondents termed as remaining true to the course and his presence being felt on the ground before and after the parliamentary position was declared vacant.
According to the latest survey, People’s Empowerment Party candidate George Koimburi also improved his popularity from 13 percent in February to currently 19 percent, a growth that most respondents credited to frequent media publicity on his alleged forgery case.
‘Theta ward which was previously perceived to be a swing vote region, JM commands over 39.0 percent up from 22.0 percent he scored in February. All the other contenders seem to have lost popularity in this ward among them candidate Njeri who dropped from 41.6 percent during party primaries to currently 26.4 percent. Koimburi’s popularity has slowly increased from 24.2 percent to current 31 percent,’ further stated sections of the survey.
According to the respondents, inheritance politics, alleged misappropriation of public funds and inability to conclusively convince electorates was working against Jubilee Party flag bearer.
‘The results further indicate that besides carrying the Jubilee Party flag, Njeri has no clear agenda for the constituency. Many voters said that she has been clinging on other leaders to make her points,” further read the new survey.
While JM is favored by his ground presence, meticulous articulation of issues, good vision for the vast constituency, other candidates including Eunice Wanjiru, a relative to former Ruiru Mayor William Mugo, Kenn Gachuma, a businessman who worked under the late MP as the CDF Chairman between 2013 and 2015, businessman Chege Kariuki, PPK’s candidate John Njoroge, Maendeleo Chap Chap’s Anthony Kirori, James Kariuki, Zulu Thiong’o and Moses Mwenda seem to be enjoying less than 3 percent popularity.
The mini-polls are slated to happen 16 days from today.