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Thursday, July 27, 2017

UhuRuto Coast tour full of rhetoric, attacks on Joho and Kingi - ODM leaders

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Tourism CS Najob Balala during a Jubilee Party rally at Jomvu in Changamwe, Mombasa county, July 16, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Tourism CS Najob Balala during a Jubilee Party rally at Jomvu in Changamwe, Mombasa county, July 16, 2017. /ELKANA JACOB

President Uhuru Kenyatta is not interested in Coast residents as he did not initiate development projects when he toured on Sunday.

Mombasa ODM politicians said this on Monday, noting the presidency does not have the people's needs at heart and is full of rhetoric.

Jubilee is currently on a charm offensive in the region which is a NASA bastion.

Mombasa senator nominee Mohamed Faki and nominated MCA Mohamed Hatimi said when Uhuru Kenyatta toured Kisii, he issued Sh3.4 billion to settle the landless.

“We expected funds to subdivide lands for squatters on complimentary basis. They even failed to settle their Jomvu MP nominee who is a squatter,” Faki said.

Jubilee has fronted Karisa Nzai to vie against incumbent Badi Twalib of ODM.

Faki further said Mombasa squatters have been forced to pay Sh182,000 to get title deeds for the controversial Waitiki farm.

The lawyer also said the presidency did not bother to compensate the families of the Mtongwe Ferry tragedy.

On April 29, 1994, the MV Mtongwe ferry bound for the mainland capsized just 40m from the port, killing 272 of the 400 people on board. As of 2005, the Kenya Ferry Services had given 81 families a total of Sh36,902,472 in compensation.

Faki said he expected the President and DP, who held rallies in Jomvu, to address matters including tourism, insecurity and effects of transferring port services to Naivasha, but they did not.

“What Uhuru and Ruto had for us were attack on our leaders,” he said, noting the leaders lashed out at Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi.

Read: Your continuous attacks won't give me sleepless nights, Uhuru tells Joho

Also read: Take 'tourist' Uhuru's money but vote for NASA, Joho tells Coast residents

The senator candidate ask Uhuru to explain why he allowed school children to attend his political rallies.

He said pictures on Jubilee Mombasa governor candidate Suleiman Shahbal's Facebook page showed rights of minors being violated.

“Underage students were summoned to cheer Uhuru. Instead of addressing adults, Uhuru saw it wise to engage with children,” he said.

Faki asked Education and acting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to act swiftly and impartially to punish those who hired students to attend the meetings.

He said had violence taken place, the children would have suffered most.

The two ODM leaders also took a swipe at Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa, accusing him of resorting to press conferences while Kenyans are killed.

“Marwa claimed politicians are the ones sponsoring attacks in Lamu. No politician, even Uhuru, is above the law. So let them be arrested beforehand,” he said.

He noted that with just 21 days to the election, the Coast region has seriously been hit by insecurity.

More on this: Marwa links politicians to Lamu attacks, warns against tours before poll

Also read: We're not behind terror, Lamu MCA tells 'incompetent' Marwa

Citing the Kaya Bombo attack of 1997 and the infamous 2007 post-poll violence, he said NASA has no intention of scaring voters away as Jubilee leaders are claiming. He said they are not triggering clashes.

“In 2013, MRC killed five police officers in Changamwe. This year 10 police have been killed in Pandanguo, Lamu. Of what benefit is this government to her people?” he added.

He accused the government of buying war machines to intimidate the Opposition.

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