Race likely to be a Cord af­fair, say res­i­dents

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

Mom­basa res­i­dents, po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts and opin­ion lead­ers be­lieve the race for gover­nor will be an ODM-Wiper af­fair if Cord rules out joint nom­i­na­tions.

They dis­missed claims that the Ju­bilee Party has made in­roads into the county, say­ing it can­not sell at the Coast. They said JP is rid­dled with mas­sive loot­ing of pub­lic funds – from Eu­robond, NYS, SGR and now Health. Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Philip Kaulu from Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity of Mom­basa said the Kamba and Mi­jik­enda have a defin­ing role.

The ma­jor­ity of those in­ter­viewed said it will be a con­test be­tween in­cum­bent Hassan Joho and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti. Res­i­dents said the choice of deputy gover­nor will play a cru­cial role in de­ter­min­ing who emerges victorious.

Awiti could have Hassan Omar as his run­ning mate, Joho’s choice is still a closely guided se­cret. Re­ports are rife he might not pair with Deputy Gover­nor Hazel Katana.

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