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Lunga Lunga by-election politics take shape

15 October 2013, 17:15 John Kioko

Lunga Lunga - Politicians eying the Lunga Lunga parliamentary seat that fell vacant after former MP Khatib Mwashetani's win was nullified by a court are strategizing on how to clinch the seat.

Those who have so far declared interest are Omar Zonga independent candidate, Khatib Mwashetani Ford Kenya and Benson Mutisya TNA.

The three top contenders in the March 4th election are Mwashetani on Ford Kenya ticket who garnered 5188 votes, Benson Mutisya on TNA ticket followed with 4469 votes and MP Omar Zonga is third with 4387 votes.

Zonga who previously in the Wiper party is said to have opted to become an independent candidate after CORD declared its support to only one candidate, Mwashetani,  who is vying for the Ford Kenya party.

Furious Zonga has warned Mombasa politicians to skip the Lunga Lunga election and Kwale County at large.

Zonga said that Kwale County has its own branch and resources which didn't need to be sabotaged.

His sentiment comes after Mombasa politicians vowed to support Mwashetani till the end although Zonga and Mutisya noted that Lunga Lunga electorates will not take that move lightly.

Zonga warned Mombasa politicians that they will lose miserably even if they support their opponent Mwashetani with all the resources they have.

Apart from Mombasa support,  Mwashetani has received support from Kinango MP Gonzi Rai a well known politician in Kwale with 15 years experience in politics.

Rai instead of supporting Jubilee alliance candidate Benson Mutisya has declared his support to Mwashetani of  the CORD alliance. Rai said they as coast paliamentaterians decided to support Mwashetani.

It has not been clear why Jubuilee MP's will have to support CORD contenders but sources have indicated that tribalism is going to be played.

“The major communities are Duruma and Digo and then Kamba who are always last in the decision making and so here tribalism is rife. That is why you will see CORD MP's supporting Jubilee and vice versa,” said the source.

Although Zonga and Mwashetani are believed to be from Digo there are people who feel Mwashetani is not a Digo.

According to IEBC the total registered voters are marked at 34,000 and it is thought that many Digos do not have voter’s cards.

Governor Mvurya and Kinango MP Rai will have an opportunity to comment during the Lunga Lunga by-election although they have said it is too early for that.

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