Your Presidential Candidate
October 15, 2012 — 16:23

Author: linet  Category: Uncategorized  Comments: 18

In a few weeks, the Kenyan Media will be holding the first ever presidential aspirants debate. To support the process, (since i wasnt invited to moderate ;-))I have developed a few visuals that compare the various candidates (yes, all 9 of them) on matters of: Age,  Years served in Parliament, Public office Positions held, Education,  Integrity cases,  Appearances in Parliament, Tax status and CDF projects that have been fully completed between 2003-2010.

Please note that some of the aspirants have not been members of parliament like Prof. Ole Kiyapi and some did not make it to the present parliament like Raphael Tuju. All in all, some of the other indicators still give them a fair trial depending on what you are looking for.

Please note that all the data presented has been sourced from various online channels and media. There might be a slight margin of error (such is for most scientific findings ;-) )

The outcome of the data mining is AVAILABLE HERE.

CDF Projects done to completion 2003-2010

Parliamentary appearance

Age of aspirant against number of years served in government and number of public office positions held.

Integrity cases while in office

Aspirants either paying or not paying taxes

Data Sources: I used data from the Kenya Open Data portal, Mzalendo watch, Virtual Kenya, the Star Newspaper and the County Score Card

 

  • Miss Makeri

    Hey! You are doing a great job here! Thanks for putting all this data together. Some quick questions:
    1. (on the googledocs) Does Yes on Tax Status mean they are paying taxes?
    2. Please expand column G? It’s making the row too long and it’s difficult to read the information on it.
    3. Does CDF projects mean CDF projects completed?

    Kenya needs more like you!

    • linet

      Thank you. I have made corrections on the comment above :)

      Yes, that tax status means they are paying. I have expanded the columns and Yes the CDF projects are those that are fully completed according to the audit reports.

      Thanks again for the feedback, always ensures that following posts are better :)

  • Miss Makeri

    Yaaay! Thank you!

  • http://ieagletech.com Daniel

    Good job

  • Jakombako

    Hi.

    Good work you did here. Question: I tend to have an issue on parliamentary appearance (2nd graph). Is there a problem with it coz it looks like Mrs Karua has been in parliament more than the rest, which conflicts with the other data on years in office.

    Regards

    • linet

      Hi Jakombako,
      thanks for your response. The data on Martha’s parliamentary appearance was mined from http://info.mzalendo.com/
      if you look through all the candidates listed, She has the greatest number of appearances. I probably need to go back and ask if these are total appearances or just for certain years although the summaries have it as from 2006.

      Thanks again, i will do a little more mining.

      Linet

  • http://www.biorelated.com George

    While it might not be your intention, These plots a little misleading. plotting the number of completed CDF projects adjacent to years served in Gov, and age of the aspirant is wrong. It is better to split that barograph. again what is the research question or the hypothesis in this case? It is not very clear. Parliamentary appearances are a function of re-election as such it appears like Tuju has less appearances in parliament but we know that tuju was not re-elected. It might again be good to split this chart into 2002-2006 and again 2007- 2012. I do not think there is any correlation between tax status, level of education and years in government. as such a simple binary plot of yes and no is enough to show who pays tax or not. The other thing you could do is show the levels of income and color the proportions bases on whether they pay tax or calculate the proportion of tax derived from their combined income. this way we can see who is contributing most to nation building.

    • linet

      Hi George,
      thanks much for your feedback, this ensures that in my following posts i am a lot more detailed.
      Unfortunately in my data mining i did not find too much information on the various candidates and i also had a bit of a limited time.
      I agree that adding most of the indicators you have detailed will be very informative.

      Please note that i also wanted to make the visuals as simple to understand to the common user as possible given the time and data but i appreciate that i need to step up.

      I will mine more data and adjust the visuals as required.

      Thanks again for your input :)

      Linet

    • Bernadette Ndege

      George: Good point there, and while it might look like Cyrus Jirongo has done the most in terms if CDF development having windows installed in a class in several schools for example and listed as independent CDF projects is not anywhere near as effective as having well maintained roads, improved access to power Peter Kenneth. Maybe the CDF should be graded in effectiveness and not just raw tallies

  • http://karizmwangi.wordpress.com Joseph Kariuki

    A very good start,useful data mining.

  • Ken

    Great Job Linet, now if only the media outlets did half the research you have done…:)

  • Mgenge Mtrue

    this is def good work, pongezi! I think, tho, that there’s a better way to represent the completed cdf projects, as in not just a number but as a proportion just to make it fair by factoring in that not all the candidates have served as MPs for the same number of years (some even haven’t ever served as MPs). what makes me say this? naona stats za peter kenneth iko down hapa na according to common sense inafaa kuwa juu (ama?). otherwise, i like this

    • linet

      Thanks for your response Mgenge. I am truly amazed at the number of people that are interested in the CDF projects. The next blog will concentrate just on that accommodating all the responses and inputs.

      Cheers.
      Linet

  • Jamo

    This is good info Linet. To make it better graphically, i tend to agree with George’s comments especially on the splitting of the parameters. Tax status, level of education and years in government should be in different graphs. This will make the graphs to appear more better. OTHERWISE GOOD STUFF.

    • linet

      Jamo Thank you, I will do one more blog focusing just on the various indicators. One of the reasons i put those three in the same is to just bring out some sense of whether the level of education and whether the number of years in parliament affects the attitude towards paying taxes. This explains a lot about most of the other visuals. The interrelations between the various indicators.
      Thanks again and i look forward to more of your inputs.
      Cheers.
      Linet

  • Anthony

    Hi Linet,
    Good work there, a first of its kind in this part of the world. If well publicised, It will lay a strong foundation for clean political leadership devoid of corrupt individuals.
    Would it be possible to evaluate CDF PROJECTS completed from 2007 (current parliament), and not 2003, as this gives undue advantage to Cyrus and Marther who were in the previuos parliament.

    • linet

      Thank you for your comment Tony. I clearly had a limited time to put all these together but there has been an overwhelming demand for a better CDF visual and for that in my next blog that i will hopefully work on in the next week or so will be focused only on CDF and I will also take into consideration your comment of setting a level ground for all the contestants.

      Thanks again for your input, i look forward to more.
      Linet.

    • linet

      Thank you for your comment Tony. I clearly had a limited time to put all these together but there has been an overwhelming demand for a better CDF visual and for that in my next blog that i will hopefully work on in the next week or so will be focused only on CDF and I will also take into consideration your comment of setting a level ground for all the contestants.

      Thanks again for your input, i look forward to more.

      Linet.