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State slammed as Muslim clerics launch new party

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY BRIAN OTIENO

Muslim clerics have launched have launched a political party. They launched the Unity Party of Kenya in Mombasa at the weekend and tried to woo governor hopeful Suleiman Shahbal to join it.

Nominated MP Sheikh Mohamed Dor said the party, whose symbol is an egg, will usher in a new dawn where corruption and other ills that are hampering development will be reduced and eventually got rid of.

Speaking during the launch, Dor said he will vie for the Mvita parliamentary seat on the party's ticket. He told Shahbal, who was present, to ditch United Democratic Forum and join UPK because UDF ‘'does not belong to them’'.

Shahbal said Mombasa residents have no government ''and their lives have deteriorated due to years of neglect. I will stand with anyone who is ready to bring development to the Coast and to Mombasa. I have come here as a member of UDF and I will support Sheikh Dor,” said Shahbal.

Dor said the party will liberate the Coast people from the chains of marginalisation and oppression. He said the country has problems because its leaders are involved in corruption.

“This is a party whose leaders have no blemish of corruption, land grabbing, or any other scandals like the Anglo Leasing, Goldenberg, maize scandal, Triton saga or the cemetery saga,” said Sheikh Dor.

He said all other political parties have leaders who have been linked to all the country’s biggest scandals. Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya said the party "is made up of clerics who preach peace and respect for God."