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