Tana River political ‘bro­kers’ hurt com­mu­nity

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

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.

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