Mombasa residents issue warning to Raila Odinga
16 June 2016, 09:32
Mombasa - Mombasa residents and political aspirants have warned CORD leader Raila Odinga and his ODM deputy party leader and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho against imposing ‘rejected’ leaders on the people saying majority of MPs from the coast are not people’s choice but ODM party's favorite choice.
This came a few days after Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, a Wiper party leader recruited a political army of intellectuals and professionals to help him win the Governorship race in 2017 against incumbent Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who also doubles as ODM deputy party leader.
They said ODM party was planning to lock out some of the aspirants and issue nomination certificates to its favorite candidates against their will, which they say may compromise development in the region.
Mombasa county assembly MCAs Riziki Fundi (Bamburi) and Khamis Mwabashir (Mjambere), alongside a Kisauni Parliamentary seat aspirant Ali Menza Mbogo warned the residents not to accept “handpicked’ leaders but instead decide for themselves ahead of the next polls.
Pointing out the Kisauni constituency, the leaders said the sitting Mp Rashid Bedzimba, a close ally of Governor Hassan Joho has failed to fulfil his 2013 campaign pledges.
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They said Kisauni is among the notorious hot-spots of insecurity and drugs despite the MP being a member of the National parliamentary security committee.
The differences between Mbogo and Bedzimba took an ugly turn two months ago when a group allegedly belonging to Bedzimba attacked and injured one of Mbogo's supporters in a funeral.
“Kisauni needs change, we need leaders who can articulate issues of the people on the upper end. People of Kisauni should not make mistakes again,” said Mwabashir who was ejected as the majority leader in the Mombasa county assembly after falling out with the Kisauni Mp and Mombasa governor.
The residents who had converged to chart the way forward at Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayyed school said they have suffered under development for electing “rejected’ leaders who are imposed on them by giant political parties in the country against the people's will.
“We don’t want to be victims of circumstances, it should be understood that residents are tired of electing leaders who are chosen to them by some people. We want locals to elect leaders of their choice,” said Ali Mbogo, a Kisauni parliamentary seat aspirant.
Bendimba was elected as a member of parliament through an ODM ticked in the 2013 elections and now Mbogo who is eyeing the same seat on a Wiper ticket asked residents to elect visionary leaders.
The remarks are however bad news to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who is also set to compete against other contestants including the Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar, Nyali MP Awiti Bollo and Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal in what political pundits are terming as a do or die contest.
Both Awiti and Omar who have occasionally traded barbs with Joho will contest on a Wiper ticket while Joho is vying on ODM and Shahbal, Jubilee.
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