Kamba elders warn Kalonzo over self declared Kamba Spokesman
18 June 2016, 07:27
Mombasa - Former vice president and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka's political fate at the Coast hangs in the balance after divisions emerged in the Kamba council of elders over who is to be appointed the community spokesman ahead of the next elections.
Kalonzo during a one day tour in the region one month ago had urged the community that makes 60 percent of the Mombasa population to appoint a spokesman but cracks emerged at a meeting held at Changamwe social hall when the groups differed over the proposed representative, Philip Ndolo.
Ndolo, a former Changamwe parliamentary seat aspirant was appointed by one group known as the Kamba Community Advisory Council be the community spokesman but the elders from another group under the umbrella of Atumia Ma Thome are reading mischief.
Political aspirants eying different political seats in Mombasa County differed on whether Ndolo should represent the community saying they will not accept their unity to be threatened by a few disgruntled elements that are apparently pretending to be the voice of the community.
The leaders led by Wiper party Chairman from Changamwe constituency Jackson Malii vowed not to support any proposed spokesman adding that Kalonzo will only remain their spokesman something which may negatively scuttle Kalonzo’s votes in Mombasa county.
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The elders under the umbrella of Atumia Ma Thome urged the wiper leader urged Kalonzo Musyoka to intervene and consolidate his voters, failure to which political opponents may take advantage.
“We want to speak with a clear voice about our continued unity and protect out traditional values. But it has come to our attention that our unity has been threatened by a few disgruntled elements that are apparently with us but not for the community's interest,” said Jackson Malii during a press conference.
This happens even as the Gema and Kamba communities in Mombasa want to form an alliance to capture the Nyali and Changamwe parliamentary seats.
Daniel Muange, a Changamwe seat political aspirant said the Kamba want the Changamwe seat which had been held by Kennedy Kiliku for 15 years, and five ward seats. These demands are likely to trigger a fresh round of meetings with the four governorship aspirants namely Governor Hassan Joho, Nyali MP Hezron Awiti, Senator Hassan Omar and businessman Suleiman Shahbal.
The Kamba hold 40 per cent of the 440,000 votes in Mombasa while the Gema hold about 22 per cent. The two believe they can push the number of registered voters from their communities even higher.
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