- Christine Zawadi is Kilifi’s nominated senator and is now going for the woman representative seat in the August 9 general election.
- Mbeyu has been heckled in several events even before ODM leader Raila Odinga. She has become very unpopular with the residents.
Orange Democratic Movement supporters in Kilifi have declared that they will not vote six-piece in the August 9 general election.
They pledged to throw their weight behind Pamoja African Alliance woman representative aspirant Christine Zawadi.
They accused the incumbent Gertrude Mbeyu of failing to deliver on her mandate. Zawadi is Kilifi’s nominated senator.
Speaking in Malindi on Monday during a meeting, the women said Mbeyu has been rejected by the people.
The women sang songs disowning Mbeyu and asked her “to pack and go .”
Mama Asha Solo, the treasurer of Maendeleo ya Wanawake in Kilifi and an ODM supporter, said they have resolved to support Zawadi.
“I have been in leadership circles since the 70s when some of the women here were not yet born. We have not seen any benefits from Mbeyu's leadership, but we feel hopeful with Zawadi,” she said.
She said residents should not vote based on party affiliation, but focus on an individual’s capabilities.
Former nominated MCA Elizabeth Muthoka urged residents to vote for Zawadi because she can deliver.
“Let us all spread the gospel of Zawadi and peace to have peaceful campaigns. When we go to the grassroots remember to preach peace and pray for God-chosen leaders,” she said.
She said even though she is a die-hard supporter of the ODM, she would not vote for Mbeyu.
Zawadi thanked the leaders for making the declaration.
She said she will strive to ensure she performs better than her predecessor once elected.
“When elected I will work closely with the people so that we can move forward together,” she said.
Before the nominations, Mbeyu had shown interest in the Kilifi North MP seat, but shifted back to the Woman Rep race and got a direct ticket from ODM.
(Edited by Tabnacha O)