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Jubilee won't get coast votes

07 January 2016, 09:31 John Kioko

Mombasa - Two MCAs from ODM and URP have trashed plans by Jubilee leadership to win coast votes ahead of 2017 terming it as day dreaming.

Mwereni MCA, Kasim Pojjo (URP) and Bongwe MCA, Omar Boga (ODM secretary Kwale) said Jubilee cannot win coast votes by engaging leaders who have no support from their voters.

They claimed leaders like Gideon Mung’aro, Khatib Mwashetani and others supporting Jubilee have no support in their areas and cannot purport to speak on behalf of coast people.

They made the remarks outside Kwale assembly on Monday.

Kassim Pojjo who is eying LungaLunga parliamentary seat said Jubilee plans to win coast votes by working with several MPs who have their interests is a miscalculated move that cannot work.

“You cannot own one politician and claim it is the entire coast region. Coast people have their plan and vision and therefore they cannot be cheated to join Jubilee blindly,” he said.

Kwale county ODM secretary general, Omar Boga said Jubilee cannot get votes from the coast region because it has done nothing for them.

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“We know there are MP who are in ODM and claim they want to change coast to be a Jubilee zone. Coast people have issues that Jubilee has not dealt with and that is why MRC is still a problem down here,” he said.

Boga said that insecurity is among key issues facing local residents, noting that since Jubilee took leadership many people in the region have been shot dead.

"Issues of land like the Waitiki farm is only about 1 000 acres which they are giving to locals but we have over hundred thousand acres which are being owned by one person in the coastal region. Giving titles to Likoni people is nothing to coast people,” he added

Boga blamed dwindling tourism sector and economy at large to poor Jubilee leadership with Coast region being the most affected area.

“What else can make Coast people join Jubilee if all that has not been done,” he said.

Boga said the upcoming Malindi parliamentary by-election will prove wrong politicians who think the region can be changed to a Jubilee zone.

“Coast people will not join Jubilee crusade that easily like Rift Valley,” added Boga.

For example in Kwale County, Boga said, there are about 3 000 acres of Gasi land in Msambweni owned by Kenyatta family where hundreds of people are squatters.

“We have no reasons to vote for Jubilee at all,” he added.

The two dared MPs from coast region supporting Jubilee leadership to go back to their constituencies and seek fresh mandate from the electorates before 2017.

They were reacting to sentiments by a section of coast elected politicians who expressed interest in joining Jubilee to form the next government during a meeting on Saturday with deputy president William Ruto in Kilifi.

MPs who attended the meeting included Gunga Mwinga (Kaloleni), Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi North), Mustapha Iddi (Kilifi South), Peter Shehe (Ganze), Harrison Kombe (Magarini), and Khatibu Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga).

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