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MPs accused of blackmailing Jubilee government

03 December 2013, 12:58 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - A Mijikenda Youth lobby group in Mombasa County (MYF) has asked Mombasa County leaders to work closely with the Jubilee government for effective citizen representation.

The lobby group accuses the leaders of opposing what President Kenyatta does in Coast, terming it as selfishness.

Speaking in Mombasa town Tuesday, MYF members, led by chairman Nyonga wa Makemba, said Coast residents do not want to see President Uhuru disrespected.

“We are concerned about the behavior of our leaders, especially Mombasa MPs, who have a tendency to oppose every move President Uhuru Kenyatta makes for this region,” said Makemba.

He said the fact that the MPs initially opposed the issuance of title deeds in August and the recent commissioning of the KES 1.2 trillion standard gauge railway shows that they do not care about their constituents.

During the issuance of 60,000 title deeds to the Coast residents in August, the MPs had objected the move claiming that they were not consulted. Recently in the commissioning of the standard gauge railway, the leaders claimed that the commissioning was not transparent.

The attack on Coastal MPs comes a week after Likoni MP, Masoud Mwahima, accused Mombasa County government of sidelining his constituency in development issues. Mwahima had accused Mombasa Governor of using his personal differences with him to victimize his constituents.

Mwahima further accused the Governor of not allocating funds to his constituency during revenue allocation.

Mwahima said Joho did not nominate a single Ward Representative from Likoni to the County Assembly. He said the positions should have been shared equally among the County's six constituencies for fair representation.

"This should not interfere with the County development agenda which should benefit the whole of Mombasa," Mwahima said.

Responding to the allegations, Joho dismissed Mwahima’s accusations terming them as false allegations.

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