Mombasa politicians laugh at Uhuru after loss in Malindi by-election

Posted: March 10, 2016 in Uncategorized

Members of the Mombasa county assembly have praised
their governor for successfully leading campaigns in
Malindi.

The MCAs, on Tuesday, March 8, took some time in the
assembly showering Ali Hassan Joho with praises for his
contribution in the Malindi by-election.

“Joho’s stewardship that resulted to the victory was an
indication that the coming general election will be a walk-
over for Cord at the Coast, and also for him as the
governor,” said Dancan Onyango, Mikindani MCA, as
quoted by The Star.

According to them, the Malindi by-election was an
extension of political battle between the ODM deputy party leader and Jubilee politicians.

Joho proved to be more powerful than President Uhuru
Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto at the coast, Old
Town MCA Mofard Amur said.

Amur claimed that Ruto used state resources and bribed
voters to vote for the Jubilee candidate in the Malindi by-
election but ended up disappointed.

One also said that were it not for Joho, Kabete MP
Ferdinand Waititu could have gotten away with alleged
voter bribery. Waititu and Mwea MP Peter Gitau were
arrested in Malindi for apparently bribing voters to support
Jubilee.

Uhuru visited Malindi constituency during his month-long
stay at the coast while Ruto frequented the constituency a few days to the election to campaign for Jubilee’s Philip
Charo.

Despite the Jubilee efforts to take the seat away from the
opposition, ODM’s Willy Baraka Mtengo emerged the
winner with 15,281 votes. Charo came second with 9,243
votes.

Other candidates in Malindi by-election race were: David
Mangi (Shirikisho Party of Kenya), Reuben Katana (Kadu-
Asili), Ali Attas Shariff (Labour Party of Kenya), Peter
Ponda (Chama Cha Uzalendo) and Nelson Gunga (Federal
Party of Kenya).

The Malindi seat fell vacant following the appointment of
Dan Kazungu as cabinet secretary for mining.

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