Posted: Thursday October 17, 2013 5:15 PM BT

In Summary “However, with all these crimes and corruption going on in the country, does the President deserve 71 per cent approval ratings?,” he wondered. By By Bernard Lugongo

Policy Research for Development (Repoa) executive director, Prof Samuel Wangwe (left), speaks with the organisation’s senior researcher, Dr Abel Kinyondo, during the presentation of the Afro barometer

Dar es Salaam. President Jakaya Kikwete’s performance approval rating has decreased among the citizens from 90 per cent in the year 2008 to 71 per cent last year, a new report says.

The survey, known as Afrobarometer, whose results were released yesterday, noted that such rating for the President was the lowest since such surveys began in the country between 1999 and 2001. About 2,400 people were interviewed in the countrywide survey.

The Afro barometer is a pan-African network of survey researchers and analysts and in each country has a national partner responsible for carrying out such surveys. For Tanzania the Policy Research for Development (Repoa) is the organisation that has been given the task.

The research, which is done in every four years, established that fewer mainlanders approve President Kikwete (71 per cent) than their Zanzibar counterparts (84 per cent)
When presented with the findings, Mr Stephen Mwombela, an assistant researcher with Repoa, said the Mainland approval rating for the President was 19 per cent less than it was in the previous survey of 2008 which was 90 per cent. Dr Abel Kinyondo, a senior researcher with Repoa said: “I am asking myself; is it because in 2008 the President was still in a honeymoon as he was just new in the post or what had he done in 2008 that he failed to do in 2012?”

“However, with all these crimes and corruption going on in the country, does the President deserve 71 per cent approval ratings?,” he wondered.

Parliament’s approval rating has also plummeted, according to the survey, from 37 per cent in the year 2008 to 32 per cent in 2012.
“More educated Tanzanians tend to disapprove Parliament more than those who are less educated,” the report says.

However, majority of Tanzanians (about 61 per cent) approved the job that Parliament was doing.
In a quick rejoinder, Dr Jonas Kipokola, an independent economic consultant who attended the report’s launch event, was of the view that if the survey was carried out this year, Parliament did not deserve such a rating considering the misconduct witnessed in the House.

“Parliament is lucky since the rating was done last year…if it had been done this year the rating would be different,” he said.

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