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Baringo county’s Moi ranked at 34 – not 47 – in index of Kenyan senators’ performance

A message posted on the Kenyan Facebook group page “Team Ruto”, which has more than 200,000 members, claims that Gideon Moi, the senator of Baringo county, was ranked the worst performer in a recent survey of county governments.

“Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has been ranked number 47 out of 47 senators,” the message begins. Data from CrowdTangle, Facebook’s insights tool, shows that the claim has been made in similar posts shared on pages with thousands of followers.

The CountyTrak Kenya Index was compiled by Infotrak Research and Consulting. The company describes it as “an objective citizens' scorecard on the performance of their county governments against a set of performance indicators”.

The index comes out of a survey conducted from October 2019 to January 2020 using “computer assisted telephone interviews”, InfoTrak says.

It includes a Happiness Index, Optimism Index and Condition of Life Index for each of Kenya’s 47 counties, as well as a Governor Index and Senator Index.

But does it rank Baringo county’s Moi as the worst performing senator?

Rated at 34 in 2020 and 30 in 2015

The 2020 Senator Index, which tracks county senators’ approval rating, ranks Moi at 34 – not 47 – with an approval rating of 43.8%. The 47th position is taken by Tana River senator Wario Golich Juma, with a rating of 36.4%.

Moi was ranked at 30 in the 2015 index, with an approval rating of 50%. – Grace Gichuhi


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