Kwale leaders want Uhuru to surrender family land to squatters
29 July 2016, 08:16
Kwale - Leaders allied to ODM in Kwale county have criticized President Uhuru Kenyatta's planned tour of the area in August saying it will not help him get votes.
The leaders said Uhuru has failed to honor promises made to Kwale people claiming that the plan to launch projects in the area is a political gimmick to hoodwink locals to vote for him which will not work.
Kwale county ODM secretary and Msambweni parliamentary aspirant, Omar Boga said it is unfortunate that Uhuru is visiting Kwale three years after giving false promises to Kwale people.
“He is coming to launch the projects some months to election but he should know that era of hoodwinking voters is long gone. If Jubilee was serious, the projects would have been launched long time ago and construction started,” he said.
Speaking to journalists at Kwale on Wednesday, Boga said that it is unfair for the Jubilee government to start launching projects in Kwale when similar projects are being completed in other counties ahead of general election.
“Planning to give 300 acres of land from the vast 3,000 acres of the Kenyatta family land to Msambweni locals is an insult to squatters and that is a clear indication that Jubilee government is not ready to help people in the area,” he added.
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He disputed claims by Kwale Jubilee members that CORD stole votes belonging to Uhuru in 2013 saying that the area is fully behind opposition.
His sentiments were echoed by Kwale county gubernatorial contestant Nicholas Zani who said: “We don’t want a launch of projects but to see the projects are completed for people to benefit but if they are launching them for political mileage then they have failed.”
Zani said the President will not be doing Kwale people any favor by launching the projects since it is their constitutional right to benefit from national government's projects like other regions.
“The national government remains with 85 per cent country’s revenue while 15 goes to counties and so it is good to see the President commissioning projects in counties," added Zani.
Zani added that the President cannot get votes from Kwale and coast people when his family continues to own huge chunks of land at the expense of squatters.
“He should forget getting votes from us if Taita Taveta, Lamu and Kwale land belonging to his family is not given to locals. That is the reason coast people won’t vote for him and therefore launching projects is not a favor to them,” he said.
Zani said that Kwale people don’t want left over title deeds but repossession of land taken from their fore fathers by the Kenyatta family.
Kwale ODM nominated MP, Zuleikha Juma welcomed Uhuru's planned visit since he is the President of the country.
“We want to see the projects launched completed,” she said.
Uhuru is expected to launch Shimoni fishing port, Tarmacking of Vanga - LungaLunga road and Samburu - Kinango and Kwale road as well as distribution of title deeds.
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