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Otara: Elect visionary leaders

11 December 2012, 15:12 Alloys Musyoka

Malindi residents have been urged to elect visionary and corrupt free leaders for the sake of developing and shaping the tourist town.

Malindi constituency aspiring MP Richard Otara said there is need for locals in the region to be careful in the coming general election by ensuring they employ leaders who will serve their interests.

Addressing mourners at Mtangani village during a burial ceremony of late Mary Bahati Kuzungu, Otara said the region has been left for over ten years without improvements on its infrastructures despite the fact that it is a tourist hub.

He said the deplorable conditions of roads should be solved by leaders elected in to serve locals since those who have been there in the past have done nothing.

“This town is one of the world's tourist destinations but its infrastructure is very disappointing. It is time for you locals to make a wise decision this time without looking at your tribes or clans but leaders,” he posed.

Otara who is also a Malindi Lawyer said development agendas of the constituency should be given priority by any aspiring leader in the area, calling locals to shun those who are out to misuse their resources and funds allocated to them even if they are their brothers.

“Don’t elect in your brother and you know very well he or she is a thief or he has been in the leadership line without serving you, your vote should go for someone to change this region which now is a cosmopolitan,” he added.

He decried the poor state of the Malindi district hospital mortuary which has for many years lacked infridgeration, despite the fact that elected leaders could have solved it using the CDF money.

He used the opportunity to urge locals to elect him come 2013 general elections, and promised to solve land issues in the area which for the last many years have been left un handled.

“You know very well I am a lawyer and I have tried to fight for you in court for your land which had been grabbed  so I will use my powers to return all grabbed lands in Malindi when you elect me,” he asserted.

He asked Malindi residents to come out in large numbers and register as voters.

He said a voters card is the only weapon that locals can arm themselves with to fight corrupt leaders who have been in the leadership for many years without serving them.

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