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September 25, 2018

Flip-flop again as Ngao ditches NASA for JP, says Coast slighted

PNU vice chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao in Mombasa on Tuesday
PNU vice chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao in Mombasa on Tuesday

As Kenyans mull over the impact of Raila Odinga’s withdrawal from the October 26 repeat presidential polls, NASA has lost yet another influential ally at the Coast.

PNU vice chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao on Tuesday accused NASA leaders of ‘giving Coast people a raw deal’.

He has asked all PNU followers to vote for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ngao has for a long time been at loggerheads with the PNU leadership over his dalliance with NASA.

On September 13, Ngao said he does not support Uhuru, because the President does not appreciate his supporters and has taken Coast region for granted.

He said Uhuru made him shift allegiance from the government to opposition after life became difficult for Kenyans and food prices increased.

“I have been a supporter of the government since the Kibaki regime. But when the price of maize flour hit Sh200 and life became difficult for Kenyans, I decided to support NASA for change,” he said.

Ngao has often shifted allegiance between the government and the opposition.

Between 2011 and 2012, he supported Raila in the run-up to the 2013 general election, but suddenly shifted allegiance to Uhuru.

In the March 7, 2016, Malindi by-election, he supported ODM as a protest against Jubilee, whom he said betrayed him by picking ODM MPs to be the party’s pointmen at the Coast.

In the August 8 General Election, he supported NASA. However, the Kenya Muslim National Advisory Council chairman now says NASA has broken the hearts of many residents by failing to nominate a Coast native to Parliament, despite the region showing overwhelming support for the outfit.

“Raila, who we supported overwhelmingly, did not give even a single nomination slot in Parliament to a Coast person. This surprised us,” the cleric said.

He said PNU leader Peter Munya’s sojourn in NASA, where he was made a principal ahead of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi showed that NASA takes Coast for granted.

 Ngao voiced what has been murmured by many NASA supporters, especially in Kilifi county.

There has been hue and cry in Kilifi county after ODM allegedly nominated three individuals from outside Coast region to the county assembly.

Governor Kingi has, however, denied this, saying all nominated individuals reside in Kilifi, even though some may not be natives.

 Ngao on Tuesday said this shows disrespect to the Kilifi populace, who vigorously campaigned for NASA, effectively locking out Jubilee.

“Raila and NASA did not see any better gift to give Kilifi people, but to bring five people from upcountry and made them MCAs in Kilifi,” he said.

Jubilee nominated Christine Zawadi from Kilifi to the Senate, despite not getting any seat in the county.

“If Raila and Kalonzo Musyoka can sneak names of outsiders into Kilifi assembly, what can they do if they get the presidency?” Ngao asked.

He said this is a warning that should be heeded by all residents.

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