Shabhal, Kajembe decamp to JAP
09 February 2015, 09:16
Mombasa - Opposition losers in the 2013 polls, Suleiman Shabhal and Ramadhan Kajembe, have officially decamped to the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP) in a move aimed at revamping their political relevance and gearing up for the 2017 polls.
The two former CORD members were received by JAP executive leadership in a colorful ceremony that crowned the party’s efforts in their attempt to woo residents of the coastal city.
Speaking during the ceremony at Mombasa Women’s Social Hall on Sunday, Shabhal said the CORD leadership lied to the people of Mombasa and should be blamed for the slow development in the region.
“ODM is lying to us; they had the Land ministry for five years but never issued a single title deed to anyone in Mombasa yet the Jubilee government did it in a year,” said Shabhal.
He pledged to spearhead the building of JAP in Mombasa and use it the coming election to vie for the gubernatorial position that is currently held by his arch rival, Ali Hassan Joho of ODM.
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JAP Chairman, Nelson Dzuya applauded the move by the two, saying that time was ripe for the Jubilee party to make inroads within the coast due to the opposition’s failure to resolve land issues in the region.
Dzuya further noted that their joining the party consolidates JAP Kenya’s position within the coast, sentiments shared by JAP Kenya Secretary General, Veronica Maina who stated that the new party was meant to provide the necessary direction for the coast region.
She advised that the party was not meant to usurp the gains made by the Jubilee Coalition within the coast, but to supplement the political strategy aimed at capturing the coastal region as a ruling party stronghold.
Vice Chairman, David Murathe advised politicians to take heed of the electorate’s needs and lauded the move by the two politicians in moving to the government’s side.
He added that the President was aware of the political machinations so far, and stated that the Jubilee Party was keen on achieving a landslide victory in the next elections.
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