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CORD, Jubilee traverse Malindi in search of votes

21 February 2016, 09:08

Nairobi - Jubilee and CORD leaders stepped up campaigns for their candidates as the Malindi by-election draws near.

The Standard reported that opposition leaders, while campaigning for Willy Mtengo accused the Jubilee administration of fanning ethnicity and failing to tame corruption.

And at a rally in Takaya, Malindi town, the ruling coalition leaders urged residents to elect Philip Charo. CORD held rallies in Diani, Kwale and Malindi in Kilifi County where they called on residents to support Mr Mtengo in the March 7 by-election and register as voters.

Addressing supporters in Takaya, Mr Charo claimed that some politicians from the opposition “are now scared because they know that after we enter government we shall stop depending on them.” He was accompanied by Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro and businessman Suleiman Shahbal, Religious divisions.

The CORD team split into three groups and held separate rallies to campaign for Mtengo. Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar addressed supporters at Diani.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho and ODM MPs including North Horr MP Chachu Gacha addressed a rally in Shella Ward in Malindi. Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo and Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo addressed supporters at Kakuyuni outside Malindi town. Kalonzo, Omar and Matuga MP Hassan Mwanyoha claimed graft has thrived under Jubilee and urged residents to register and vote in large numbers.

Earlier, The Star reported that the CORD leaders had met with members of the local GEMA community in Malindi and asked them to vote for the opposition.

Joho and Kingi on Thursday met members of the Gema community in Malindi to campaign for Willy Mtengo.

The two governors preached equality and asked Kenyans to break the chains of tribalism.

They said the Gema community in Malindi will be directly affected by the politics and development in Malindi and not in other counties in Central and Eastern.

The community, led by chair Aisha Muthoni, said they will not be swayed into choosing a leader imposed on them by outsiders.

She said they are residents of Malindi and will not allow people from other areas to dictate who to vote for.

“Those from Nairobi do not know our problems here. We live here and will do our politics here. We do not want to be used,” Muthoni said. 

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