President Uhuru Kenyatta is ranked as the third best performing head of state in Sub-Saharan Africa according to an opinion survey conducted by Gallup. Kenyatta who is currently in the USA attending the African Leaders summit got an approval rating of 78 percent, just eight percent shy of Mali’s Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who scored 86 percent.

President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the 22nd ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 30 2014. Photo/PSCU

Ian Kahama of Botswana who has been in power for five years was ranked second in the poll with an 81 percent approval rating. President Keita is in his first term while President Kenyatta have been in office just under two years.

The survey however shows no correlation between the approval rating and the number of years spent in office as President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for 27 years, is ranked ninth most approved administrator.

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya who has been in power for 31 years scored a 70 percent approval making him the fourth most highly rated performer among Africa’s 26 sub-Saharan presidents.

The survey further found that presidents got higher approval from electorates that are satisfied with their level of income. The report established that better-off residents may be benefiting, either directly or indirectly, from a certain economic climate nurtured by the leader and his or her policies.

The report also found that the older citizens are more likely than younger one to approve of their respective president’s performance. Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta is the leading head of state in East Africa, followed by Museveni of Uganda in ninth position and Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete in 10th position.

Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe who has ruled the country for 26 years scored a 44 percent rating making him the 21st most performing president, while Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo with a rating of 24 and having been in power 12 years scored the lowest of all the presidents.




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