Why Raila is also in Mombasa
20 January 2016, 17:49
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta will not get lucky in Mombasa despite his continued efforts to win the hearts of Coastal people, with the CORD coalition having drawn up a plan to counter the President.
CORD leader Raila Odinga is already in Mombasa and the larger Coast region in an effort to counter-attack the President's month long tour to the Coast.
The key issue is votes.
According to sources close to the CORD leader, the Coalition has drawn up a plan to down Jubilee at the Coast.
First off is by ensuring that there is no clash in the CORD coalition over election candidates. The Coalition will field one candidate for every election, starting with the Malindi by election.
The Wiper Democratic Party has decided to not field anyone for the chance to replace Dan Kazungu as Malindi MP.
" We will support the ODM candidate for the Malindi Polls in the spirit of unity," Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said Wednesday.
Second, the Coalition will use the age old land issue to crush anything positive gained out of the current tour by the President at the Coast.
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The fact that the residents of the controversial Kitiki scheme were awarded leases has been used to great effect by the CORD leader in his rallies.
" The President has lied to you. This land does not belong to you and those pieces of paper he gave you prove it," Raila was quoted as saying in Mombasa.
The fact that the President called on residents to pay for the land, which they perceive to be theirs by right has also not gone down well, which Raila has used to his advantage.
" This land is ours. We are not asking. We are demanding," Juma Mwinyi Masoud, a Kitiki resident told News24. The President has not helped us here," he added.
CORD leaders in the region are confident that they will stave off the supposed tour by the President easily.
" We know that Mombasa and Coastal people are firmly behind the CORD Coalition and that will not change any-time soon," Mombasa Senator Omar Hassan stated.
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