Most unpopular president on earth

Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki probably ranks as the most unpopular head of state on earth. A popularity rating of only 9% means that Kibaki is faring worse than some of the world’s dictators.

Kibaki at State House, Nairobi.

Kibaki at State House, Nairobi.

However, his main rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga isn’t doing much better. Raila has an approval rating of just 19%. For someone selling himself as an alternative to Kibaki, 19% popularity should be a cause for concern.

Kibaki’s poor showing is due to his poor leadership of the coalition, where it takes a letter from US President Barack Obama to get things moving. Increases in extra judicial killings during his tenure as well as the bungled 2007 elections have contributed towards Kenyans intensifying hatred towards the man who won more than half the vote in 2002.

The mishandling of the Migingo Island situation, where Uganda has annexed Kenyan territory, is further proof of Kibaki and Raila’s moribund and impotent leadership. Whether impotence extends to other crucial areas of their personalities is yet to be confirmed.

Read more on the poor showing of Kenya’s leaders from the Daily Nation and East African Standard.


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