Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto has responded to an opinion poll that ranked him the most corrupt politician in the country, describing it as ‘fake news’ sponsored by his detractors.
An opinion poll released by pollster Ipsos on Wednesday said one in three Kenyans (33%) perceive Ruto as the most corrupt public official.
Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta is placed fourth with 11 percent, while his predecessor Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga each polled 5 percent.
On Thursday, Ruto who is reported to be actively campaigning to contest for the presidency in 2022, addressed the damning poll, arguing that his opponents can’t match his development record.
‘‘When they are through with the headlines and the corruption propaganda, let us meet at the development arena of the people of Kenya because this is where the real contest is,’‘ he said.
Local media outlet, quoted the deputy president saying he would not allow his opponents to drag him to an ‘arena of fake news and fake opinion polls’.
The Ipsos poll said a third of those interviewed view corruption as the most serious challenge facing the country.
Titled First Quarter Social, Political, Economic and Cultural (SPEC) Survey, the report reveals a worrying trend where Kenyans consider corrupt people to be bad leaders but still vote them into office.
Kenya ranked 143rd out of 180 nations in Transparency International’s 2017 Global Corruption Perceptions Index.