Just days after he was honoured with a young achievers award in neighbouring Uganda, Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, was ranked as the most corrupt politician in a poll in his country.
I thank @WilliamsRuto for leading a strong delegation from Kenya and the commitments made on behalf of Kenya this afternoon. I congratulate him on the Young Achievers’ Lifetime Award he received last night at Kampala Serena Hotel. pic.twitter.com/smEBV88xrt
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) August 19, 2018
The poll by Ipsos, that sampled 2,016 adults across the country between July 25 and August 2, shows that 33 per cent of Kenyans perceives the deputy president as the most corrupt.
The poll also placed Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru second at 31 per cent, and former President Daniel Moi at 17% and President Uhuru Kenyatta at 11%.
Neither deputy president Ruto nor governor Waiguru are amused by the results and have since called out the organisation for their reporting. Ruto has termed the polls as fake news and asked Ipsos to name the people who sponsored the polls.
When my competitors are through with(mon-sun)sponsored headlines, paid opinion polls & fake news they are welcome to the real contest based on real mwananchi issues SGR, roads, connecting people to electricity, equipping our hospital &Tivets and matters water. Nawangojea huko.
— William Samoei Ruto (@WilliamsRuto) August 23, 2018
The poll also revealed that Kenyans are worried about corruption, which they raked as the most serious challenge in the country. Kenya is ranked 145 out of 180 on the global corruption index and has since been dogged with a number of corruption scandals costing taxpayers money and livelihoods.