Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was awarded a grade of “D” in the latest performance survey conducted by Infotrak between August 21 and 23, 2023. In contrast, President William Ruto received a “C plain” rating.
The survey’s findings reveal that a significant majority of Kenyans believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction, marking one year since President William Ruto assumed office. President Ruto’s performance during his inaugural year in power has garnered an average rating, with 53% of Kenyans expressing concerns that the country is on the wrong path under his leadership.
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Infotrak CEO Angela Ambitho shared the results of the survey, highlighting Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s standing. “In terms of the office of the deputy president, if you put him up against everybody else, he is at 47%, which equates to a ‘D’ grade. He ranks 14th when compared to other leaders,” stated Ambitho.
High living costs, unemployment, access to affordable quality education, agriculture, affordable healthcare, and corruption emerged as the foremost concerns voiced by most Kenyans. These issues have contributed to the prevailing sentiment that the nation is heading in the wrong direction.
Ambitho noted that Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof Kithure Kindiki topped the list of best-performing Cabinet Secretaries (CS), closely followed by Education CS Ezekiel Machogu. In third place, a three-way tie featured CSs Kipchumba Murkomen, Mithika Linturi, and Susan Nakhumicha.
Conversely, the lowest-performing Cabinet Secretaries include Rebecca Miano, Simon Chelugui, Prof Njuguna Ndung’u, and Florence Bore, with Energy CS Davis Chirchir garnering the least favorable rating.
These survey results arrive amid challenging economic conditions that the current administration is grappling with. Despite President Ruto’s emphasis on reducing the cost of living and bolstering the economy, 53 percent of those surveyed believe that the country is moving in the wrong direction. During the 2022 elections, the President campaigned on a platform of economic transformation and empowerment for the “hustlers.”