Raila has high chance of defeating Ruto in 2027 compared to Kalonzo, Karua – TIFA
Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party leader Raila Odinga stands a better chance of defeating President William Ruto in the 2027 presidential polls, a new poll by TIFA has shown.
40 percent of Azimio supporters identify Raila as being in pole position to defeat Ruto in 2027, with Kalonzo Musyoka being the next most frequently mentioned.
By contrast, nearly half of Kenya Kwanza supporters 47 percent believe that no such potential challenger exists.
Opposition would become weak if special position was created for Raila
According to the polls, plans to create Official Leader of the Opposition position would make the opposition weaker, assuming Raila Odinga would agree to occupy it.
The poll found that 48 percent of Kenyans feel that the country is headed the wrong direction, while only 37 percent of Kenyans acknowledge that the country is headed the right direction.
However, the contrast between Kenya Kwanza and Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition supporters is quite substantial, with more than twice as many of the latter of the view that the country is headed the wrong direction, than the former (71 percent versus 31 percent).
Raila has been leading anti-government protests that began on Monday, March 20, 2023, alleging stolen victory in the August 2022 polls. In the 2022 polls, Raila appointed Martha Karua as his running mate, while Kalonzo was positioned to become the prime cabinet secretary if Raila won.
The former prime minister has listed five reasons for the opposition's calls for peaceful demonstrations, including the high cost of living, electoral injustice, nepotism in state appointments, the sacking of civil servants and defence for democracy.