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February 22, 2018

Lamu East MP Shariff Athman tells Coast leaders to back Uhuru's Cabinet

Lamu East MP Shariff Athman during a past function in the county. /FILE
Lamu East MP Shariff Athman during a past function in the county. /FILE

Lamu East MP Shariff Ali Athman has dismissed leaders opposed to President Uhuru Kenyatta's new Cabinet which was approved by Parliament on Wednesday.

He exuded the confidence that the team will strongly carter for the region's interests.

Read: MPs approve Uhuru's Cabinet nominees

The legislator took a swipe at Senator Anwar Loitiptip and woman representative Ruweida Obo who had expressed displeasure with the line up.

"The coastal region is well represented. They should wait for the President to fill the parastatal and Ambassadorial posts before they start to make noise," Shariff said on Wednesday.

"We have seen developments-new roads in Lamu, Sh1 billion distributed to local health facilities, LAPSET and investment in the health sector."

He asked the leaders from the region to stick together for the interests of the residents and the nation.

Loitiptip and Obo cited flaws in the new Cabinet saying the changes did not factor regional balance.

"The president should remember the massive support he got from this region and give us one appointment in the remaining posts," Loitiptip said.

They said in an earlier interview that the list had no single representative from Lamu further saying it is unfair for some counties to be given two slots.

"It is unfortunate that the president was not kind and courteous enough to reward us with a single appointment."

The two leaders said this is despite Lamu being on the forefront in campaigning for the Jubilee Party during the August 8 and October 26 presidential elections.

But Shariff warned them that they should stop seeking cheap attention and focus on delivering the promises they made to Kenyans.

The MP said the new Cabinet team was competent to deliver on Uhuru’s four-point agenda.

"We are well represented and I believe the President will continue to deliver on his pledges in his second term to ensure low-cost houses, access to reliable healthcare, food security and meaningful jobs," Shariff said.

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