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Former Budalangi Member of Parliament and a member of Deputy President William Ruto's campaign secretariat, Ababu Namwamba, now claims that the Kenya Kwanza faction will win the presidential vote in the first round with 60 per cent.
Speaking during an interview on Citizen TV on Tuesday, June 15, the former Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) claimed that they had done their own polling, expressing confidence in Ruto's win.
He explained that the DP had an upper hand in the polls compared to Raila Odinga given the number of voters in his key support base.Deputy President William Ruto with Economist David Ndii and the Head of International Relations in his presidential campaign secretariat Ababu Namwamba in Washington DC, on March 3, 2022.Courtesy Ababu Namwamba Twitter
The former Raila ally stated that his former party boss had lost some of his loyal lieutenants to the Kenya Kwanza faction.
"We are winning this election in the first round and hitting 60 per cent. We are comfortable because all the stars are aligned to DP Ruto's side.
"We all know that Raila is the king of polls and he has been leading in polls for the past twenty years. We are pretty much happy to cheer them on because Raila always wins the polls race but when the rubber meets the road in the ballot, things are different," stated Namwamba.
Further, he refuted claims that Mathira MP, Rigathi Gachagua, had caused the Kenya Kwanza numbers to dip as revealed in the recently released Infotrak polls.
Namwamba stated that the Legislator, who has been in the limelight for some of his remarks, was the perfect fit to exemplify the bottom-up economic model.
"We believe that Gachagua is a perfect choice. He exemplifies the hustler spirit and the bottom-up model that we champion and we have no doubt that he has added energy to our campaigns."
However, his sentiments were opposed by Raila's campaign secretariat spokesperson, Makau Mutua, who maintained that the latest opinion polls by Infotrak were representative of the intelligence reports the former Prime Minister's team had gathered.
"Right now we are seeing ourselves at the mid 40 per cent and they are in the mid 30s. That is where the race is as all the polls indicate that.
"Even their polling (Ruto's) show that the numbers are the same as I have sources in there who say so," stated Mutua.Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga and leaders from the Ukambani Region during a rally in Athi River on Sunday, June 12, 2022.Raila Odinga
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