Tana River political ‘brokers’ hurt community
The emergence of political ‘brokers’ in Tana River is said to be plunging the region into political oblivion.
Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana (pictured) said the politicians are doing business in the governor’s office at the expense of residents. He said the politicians are sponsored by individual leaders who have failed to deliver but still cling to power.
Mungatana said the county risks being in the opposition for the next five years if they fail to unite and support one candidate through the Jubilee Party, which he said will win the polls.
“We have to invest in national politics by supporting one candidate, that’s how we shall have the face to claim a share of in 2017,” he said.
Mungatana spoke at a fundraiser in aid of Kulesa Lutheran Church in Garsen at the weekend. He said some individuals, who do not command any following in the Tana River politics, had positioned themselves as candidates for governor, while “they cannot even win an MCA seat”.
He accused the brokers of running from one politician to the other to ask for money, claiming they can offer political support by dividing the votes from their communities.
The former Kenya Ports Authority boss said these people are doing a great disservice to the residents. Mungatana said such politicians had destroyed efforts by local leaders to bring the Pokomo community together to rally behind one of their own in the election.
He said the brokers made several efforts to infiltrate the Gasa leadership, the top organ in the community.