>> With Kenya's general election less than a month a way its polling companies are feeling the heat. Epsos says it's staff had been mobbed, robbed, and even accused of witchcraft. That's after their figures showed the race could go to a second round, for the first time ever. A finding viewed with suspicion by locals who assume good polling can be bought.
>> Opinions polls it depends, I think they are not so credible as such. Because in this country most likely might find whoever had money can influence the opinion polls.>> Kenyans are preparing to elect their next president, lawmakers, and local representatives on August 8th. With current president Uhuru Kenyatta seeking a second five-year term but facing a close battle with longterm rival Raila Odinga.
Ipsos appointed Swahili speaking American Tom Wolf as its public face, but his fame comes at a price. He's had to flee angry mobs twice, and politicians are calling for his deportation. Wolf says the company has also faced threats of legal action.>> This is an area of survey work compared to the West that makes Kenya rather different.
Even if as I said earlier, even in the US in the last election candidate Donald Trump was saying the polls were rigged against him as part of this general mainstream conspiracy of the media and I guess the academy of favoring Hillary Clinton.>> Suspicion was already running high in Kenya.
It's last two elections were marred by irregularities with the opposition alleging rigging. The 2007 election is remembered for protests that sparked wide spread ethnic violence killing around 1200 people. It all adds up to make next month's vote one of the closest watched elections in Eastern Africa.