I don’t re­gret leav­ing Ju­bilee, lo­cals will elect me – Ti­mamy

Dis­misses claims that join­ing Amani is po­lit­i­cal sui­cide and says Lamu does not fo­cus on po­lit­i­cal par­ties, but on whether the leader is a good fit for the po­si­tion

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - CHETI PRAXIDES @TheS­tarKenya

Lamu Gover­nor Issa Ti­mamy has said he does not re­gret ditch­ing the Ju­bilee Party for ANC, which is led by his po­lit­i­cal men­tor Musalia Mu­davadi.

He said he has the res­i­dents’ sup­port and bless­ing, and dis­missed those who claim ditch­ing JP is po­lit­i­cal sui­cide.

The gover­nor made the com­ments shortly af­ter he pub­licly dis­agreed with Lamu East MP Ath­man Shar­iff dur­ing an event on Faza Is­land over his de­ci­sion to join ANC.

In July, both Ti­mamy and Shar­iff, who were elected on the UDF party ticket, an­nounced they would leave the party to join Ju­bilee Party.

On Septem­ber 10, mem­bers of the dis­solved UDF joined Ju­bilee. But later in the same month, many former mem­bers de­camped to ANC.

On Oc­to­ber 3, Ti­mamy said he would rather be­long to a party where all mem­bers are re­garded as equals, which is not the case in JP. He then an­nounced he would join Amani party and use its ticket to de­fend his post next year.

MP Shar­iff told Ti­mamy that Lamu res­i­dents would be bet­ter off if all its lead­ers joined Ju­bilee Party.

He urged res­i­dents to vote for JP can­di­dates so they can live the good life.

“With Ju­bilee, all our prob­lems will be over. All we need to do is sup­port them. It’s un­for­tu­nate that as lead­ers we seem con­fused about what to do. But just for the record, Ju­bilee is the way and any other party is a lie,” Shar­iff said.

VOTE FOR LEAD­ERS, NOT PAR­TIES

Ti­mamy dis­missed the re­marks and urged res­i­dents to vote for lead­ers based on their per­for­mance and not their po­lit­i­cal party.

He asked them to dou­ble-check the abil­ity of in­di­vid­ual lead­ers be­fore vot­ing for them.

“We don’t fo­cus on po­lit­i­cal par­ties. If the leader is fit, he can go to any party. In other ar­eas, lead­ers elected on the Ju­bilee ticket did not de­liver. I have my nom­i­na­tion ticket in my pocket and I am wait­ing for 2017. Even if elec­tions are called to­mor­row, I’m ready,” Ti­mamy said.

The gover­nor said that in the March 4, 2013, gen­eral elec­tion, res­i­dents did not vote for par­ties but for in­di­vid­u­als.

He said he and Shar­iff were elected on the UDF ticket, woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Shakilla Ab­dalla on the Wiper ticket, Se­na­tor Abu Chi­aba on the TNA ticket and Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa on a Kenya Na­tional Congress ticket.

/ ALPHONCE GARI

Lamu East MP Ath­man Shar­iff and Gover­nor Issa Ti­mamy in Faza Is­land on Satur­day. They were at a func­tion where Zarara Oil and Gas Com­pany do­nated Sh2.5 mil­lion books

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