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Malindi ODM by-election win, a boost for LungaLunga aspiring MP Kassim Pojjo

08 March 2016, 14:25 John Kioko

Kericho - The just conclude Malindi by-election win for ODM party candidate Willy Mtengo is a boast to the LungaLunga parliamentary aspirant bid in 2017 Kassim Pojjo.

The Mwereni MCA was arrested on Friday last week by police for allegedly being involved in election malpractice before he was released after intervention by ODM bigwigs.

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While he was campaigning for Mtengo his opponent LungaLunga MP Khatib Mwashetani among other ODM rebels were campaigning for Jubilee candidate Philip Charo.

“I know Mwasheni is the one who organized all that arrest for me to be intimidated but now he knows I am the winner,” he said yesterday.

Pojjo said that the Malindi by-election win means a lot for his political ambition of becoming the LungaLunga MP in 2017.

“My people in LungaLunga am sure they are ready for a change and what happened in Malindi is a clear indication they want a leader who is focused on helping them and not those elected and concentrate for their own interests,” he said.

He refuted claims that ODM is going to give him a direct nomination and face off Mwashetani who go the seat through Ford Kenya party in 2013.

The Mwereni MCA was the current MPs’ campaigner in 2013.

“I will battle it in nomination with those who will be interested for the post like me once I decided which party I will use to contest for the MP post in 2017.

Pojjo said he is committed to work with LungaLunga people and help them where possible.

“My friends Kwale women representative Zaianab Chizuga and Khatib Mwashetani have done their best in Malindi but they should go to their drawing board ahead of 2017,” he said.

Chama Cha Uzalendo national vice chair Richard Onsongo urged Mwshetani and Chizuga to apologies and go back to ODM or forget parliament in 2017.

“The writing in on the board after Malindi by-election. It is clear that coast region is still the ODM zone,” he added.

Onsongo said that ODM rebel MPs lied to the president that they can capture the Malindi seat but they failed.

“Jubilee used politicians from upcountry including central province to campaign for Charo which showed a disrespect to the local leaders. They caused Charo failure,” he noted.

Onsongo accused the Jubilee leadership of recognizing ODM rebel leaders more that those who started URP and TNA parties in the region.

“They should organize their house if they want to win seats in other areas,” he added.

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