Mu­davadi plans 2-day Lamu tour to get sup­port for ANC

He is ex­pected to ad­dress land mat­ters and com­pen­sa­tion, hold ral­lies and whip up sup­port for his party and a na­tional al­liance, as he strate­gises on next year’s elec­tion

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Amani Na­tional Congress leader Musalia Mu­davadi is set to be­gin a two­day tour of Lamu county to drum up and so­lid­ify sup­port for the party.

He is ex­pected on Faza Is­land to­day, af­ter which he will of­fi­ci­ate over an even­ing cer­e­mony to for­mally wel­come Gover­nor Issa Ti­mamy, MCAs and other as­pi­rants to the ANC party.

The for­mer Deputy Prime Min­is­ter is also ex­pected to whip up sup­port for his brain­child—the Na­tional Su­per Al­liance—that has picked mo­men­tum.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by his press sec­re­tary Kibisu Ka­batesi, Mu­davadi will also pre­side over a pub­lic rally in Mkun­guni Square on Satur­day, af­ter which he will meet opin­ion lead­ers.

LAND IS­SUES

He is ex­pected to ad­dress land is­sues in ar­eas where ab­sen­tee own­ers are said to be tar­get­ing huge prof­its from Laps­set.

It is said some new landown­ers are com­pen­sated at the ex­pense of lo­cals be­cause of se­lec­tive is­suance of ti­tle deeds.

There is also the is­sue of the Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion ac­quir­ing large parcels with­out con­sult­ing the Lamu gov­ern­ment, as re­quired by law.

Lamu is a sym­bolic home­com­ing for the ANC leader be­cause Ti­mamy chose to de­camp from the Ju­bilee Party to Amani af­ter UDF merged with other par­ties to form JP.

Ev­ery in­di­ca­tion was that Ti­mamy, who hosted Pres­i­dent Uhuru Kenyatta mid-year, was will­ing to join JP if Uhuru im­ple­ments in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects, such as the Garsen-Mokowe road.

“Mr Pres­i­dent, if you could en­sure that this road, which lead­ers have promised to tar­mac for 50 years, is fi­nally tar­ma­cked, maybe then we could work to­gether,” he said then.

PARTY SUP­PORT

Ti­mamy has since stated that he will run on the ANC ticket, as he would rather be­long to a party that has equal re­gard for its mem­bers.

The gover­nor also pledged allegiance to Mu­davadi, say­ing he would rather stick with him since he had been his long­time po­lit­i­cal men­tor. Crit­ics termed the move po­lit­i­cal sui­cide.

It would seem Mu­davadi’s strat­egy is to con­sol­i­date his West­ern re­gion base as he so­lid­i­fies sup­port in Coast.

Mu­davadi’s NASA idea has been well re­ceived at the Coast, where he is seen as the can­di­date who can de­throne Ju­bilee lead­ers.

No­tably, Mu­davadi last month wooed Kaya el­ders on a whirl­wind tour of Kwale and Kil­ifi coun­ties, where he re­ceived MCAs and strong par­lia­men­tary as­pi­rants into ANC.

/ALPHONCE GARI

Amani leader Musalia Mu­davadi and Lamu Gover­nor Issa Ti­mamy in Lamu in May 2014

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