Mboko, Shakombo’s back­ers in shout fest

Boo­ing dis­rupted, al­most stopped event

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

The ri­valry be­tween Mom­basa woman rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mishi Mboko and former Likoni MP Suleiman Shakombo played out on Satur­day as their boo­ing and jeer­ing sup­port­ers nearly stopped a fundraiser.

Their sup­port­ers tried to outdo each other in a shout­ing match, dis­rupt­ing the event and forc­ing Mom­basa Gover­nor Has­san Joho to in­ter­vene.

The two po­lit­i­cal ri­vals were at­tend­ing a fundraiser in aid of Onagi Youth Group at Uja­maa play­ing ground in Likoni.

Both are eye­ing the Likoni MP seat on the ODM ticket.

A sim­i­lar con­fronta­tion be­tween Mboko and Shakombo took place two months ago at a funds drive at Mtongwe Girls Se­condary School, Likoni con­stituency.

Shakombo had to plead with Mboko to be al­lowed to speak about pro­jects he had ini­ti­ated in Likoni.

He was jeered and booed by the crowd, but he de­cided to put up a brave face through­out his speech.

Top ODM of­fi­cials are said to have en­dorsed Mboko for the Likoni seat at the dis­com­fort of Shakombo and his dis­traught fol­low­ers.

ODM direc­tor of elec­tion and Suna East MP Junet Mo­hamed has said Mboko is the party’s choice.

He dis­missed Shakombo and branded him a “coun­cil of el­der”.

But even as the direc­tor of elec­tions as­sured Mboko of party’s sup­port to clinch the party nom­i­na­tions and the seat, Joho said fair pri­maries must be con­ducted.

Mboko, how­ever, told Shakombo to stop be­ing a “joyrider” on func­tions she has or­gan­ised.

“I will not sup­port Shakombo’s bid to re­claim the seat be­cause he is not sin­cere.”

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