His­tor­i­cal land in­jus­tices ‘could hurt’ Ju­bilee’s hunt for votes

The rul­ing regime can­not buy us. It only launched a one-and-a-half kilo­me­tre road in Kil­ifi North, yet it launched hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres in other re­gions – MCA

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ERNEST CORNEL @OduorErnest

Un­re­solved his­tor­i­cal in­jus­tices at the Coast are frus­trat­ing Ju­bilee’s ef­fort’s to win over vot­ers.

Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto have vis­ited the re­gion many times in search for votes. Uhuru was at the Coast on Au­gust 31 to launch projects and he vis­ited the re­gion in De­cem­ber 2015 for more than a month.

Many Cord lead­ers have de­fected to Ju­bilee. They in­clude Gov­er­nor Salim Mvurya (ODM, Kwale), Hus­sein Dado (Wiper, Tana River). Oth­ers who have jumped ship are Mustafa Iddi (Kil­ifi South), Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale), Gideon Mung’aro (Kil­ifi North), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga) and Ma­soud Mwahima (Likoni).

How­ever, an­a­lysts say his­tor­i­cal in­jus­tices will make it hard for Uhuru to win votes. They say res­i­dents are loyal to par­ties, rather than in­di­vid­u­als.

The an­a­lysts say res­i­dents be­lieve a lot of grabbed land is still un­der the con­trol of state of­fi­cials and un­til it is re­leased, Ju­bilee will not get sup­port.

“De­spite the state is­su­ing ti­tle deeds, many grabbed land is still with se­nior state of­fi­cials,” Pwani Univer­sity pro­fes­sor Has­san Mwaki­mako said.

Some MCAs say “de­fec­tors’ mis­takes will haunt” Ju­bilee. An­a­lyst Daniel Aswani yes­ter­day said de­fec­tions will trans­late to few vot­ers.

Mvurya’s al­leged fail­ure to ac­count for Sh720 mil­lion could over­shadow the projects launched by the govern­ment in Kwale.

Kwale branch ODM deputy party leader Ni­cholas Zani ac­cused the MP of mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing funds.

The party is likely to use this as a tool to cam­paign against Mvurya and Uhuru. JP is us­ing projects, paras­tatal ap­point­ments and ti­tle deeds is­su­ing to try and woo vot­ers, but some projects were al­ready launched by the for­mer regime.

/JOHN CHESOLI

CS Na­jib Balala, MP Hezron Awiti, Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta and Mom­basa Gov­er­nor Has­san Joho at Kon­gowea mar­ket in Mom­basa on Au­gust 31

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