Ex-MP en­dorsed for Tana River gov­er­nor

He ac­cused Gov­er­nor Dado of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against the mi­nor­ity

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast - ALPHONCE GARI @alphonce2011

For­mer Galole MP Dado Go­dana was on Satur­day en­dorsed by the Pokomo Gasa el­ders to vie for Tana River gov­er­nor.

The el­ders en­dorsed Dado in a colour­ful tra­di­tional cer­e­mony in Shika Ad­abu vil­lage, Galole sub­county.

The for­mer leg­is­la­tor was ap­proved as the po­lit­i­cal king­pin for the Pokomo com­mu­nity. Other po­lit­i­cal as­pi­rants wel­comed the move and promised to sup­port him.

In his ac­cep­tance speech, the for­mer leg­is­la­tor, who is in ODM, pledged to unite all com­mu­ni­ties and up­lift their liv­ing stan­dards.

He ac­cused Gov­er­nor Hus­sein Dado’s ad­min­is­tra­tion of dis­crim­i­nat­ing against the mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties.

Go­dana said he does not want a re­cur­rence of the 2012 clashes in Tana Delta. Go­dana said cur­rently some com­mu­ni­ties are un­happy and this could trig­ger violence.

“The events that led to the 2012 blood­shed in Tana Delta were un­for­tu­nate and signs of its re­cur­rence are ev­i­dent,” he said. Go­dana said he is ready to work with other politi­cians who stepped down in his favour, to­gether with pro­fes­sion­als and res­i­dents.

The Gasa el­ders said they will cam­paign for Go­dana un­til he be­comes gov­er­nor.

They ad­vised for­mer Garsen MP Dan­son Mun­gatana to shelve his am­bi­tions of be­com­ing gov­er­nor and sup­port Go­dana. His en­dorse­ment comes barely a month af­ter Mun­gatana was also en­dorsed by other el­ders for gov­er­nor.

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