In Summary
  • “We are ready for the nomination. We are telling our opponents to stop crying foul and also prepare well,” he said.
  • Shahbal is making a third attempt to try and clinch the Mombasa governor seat after losing to Hassan Joho in 2013 and 2017.
Former Kisauni MP Rashid Bedzimba and Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal during a campaign trail in Kisauni on Tuesday, March 15.
MOMBASA GOVERNOR RACE: Former Kisauni MP Rashid Bedzimba and Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal during a campaign trail in Kisauni on Tuesday, March 15.
Image: LABAN WALLOGA

Mombasa businessman Suleiman Shahbal on Tuesday took his charm offensive to Kisauni constituency, popularising his gubernatorial bid.

Kisauni is considered one of the biggest ODM strongholds in the county with 126,151 registered voters, according to the IEBC 2017 register.

Mvita comes in second with 107,091 registered voters, Nyali 104,017, Likoni 87, 326, Changamwe 86,331 with Jomvu having 69,307.

Mombasa has a total of 580,223 registered voters.

Shahbal is seeking to capture the constituency which has been Governor Hassan Joho’s stronghold for the past 14 years.

The businessman said he will create job opportunities for the many jobless youth and women in the county.

“We are going to ensure that we create a conducive business environment to attract investors in our county,” he said.

Shahbal also said he will fast-track development from the grassroots by allocating each of the 30 wards Sh50 million Ward Development Fund.

“We are ready for the nomination. We are telling our opponents to stop crying foul and also prepare well,” he said.

The aspirant had recently expressed his reservation on the upcoming ODM party primaries.

He said he was pushed out of ODM in 2013 and opted to run on a Wiper ticket. In 2017, he ran on a Jubilee ticket.

In both contests he came in second after Joho.

Shahbal returned to ODM last year. He has however been labelled a party hopper by his rival Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir’s camp.

“This time we shall ensure that leaders will be elected by the wananchi and not a few individuals in the boardrooms,” he said.

The gubernatorial hopeful also took the chance to campaign for ODM leader Raila Odinga whom he said was leading the economic revolution in the country.

“My decision to run for governor is not about power, but of the belief that we can change this county. That is the same change Baba (Raila) is fighting for,” he said.

Shahbal's roadshow began at the Kadongo grounds and snaked its way to Minalove, Mlaleo and Bamburi Mwisho ending in Masjid Noor in Utange. 

He was accompanied by former Kisauni MP Rashid Bedzimba, Woman Representative aspirant Amina Abdalla and a host of MCA aspirants drawn from the constituency.

Bedzimba is seeking to recapture his seat after losing it to Wiper's Ali Mbogo in the 2017 election.

He said he will uplift the lives of Kisauni people if elected to parliament again.

On her part, Abdalla said residents should turn out in large numbers to vote in both the party primaries and the general election.

“You can only elect good leaders if you turn out to vote, a vote for us is a vote for change,” she said.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

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