Whose side are they on?

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Be­mused mo­torists pass­ing through Kings­land didn’t know what to make of them and nei­ther does the man they’re sup­port­ing.

A hand­ful of ac­tivists stood at the cor­ner of San­dring­ham Rd and New North Rd for at least an hour last Fri­day pro­mot­ing the re­in­state­ment of for­mer Na­tional Mt Al­bert can­di­date Ravi Musuku.

Mr Musuku con­tested Mt Al­bert for Na­tional at the 2005 and 2008 elec­tions, but list MP Melissa Lee won the party’s nom­i­na­tion for the June 13 by­elec­tion.

The sup­port­ers, who wouldn’t be named or ac­knowl­edge if they are as­so­ci­ated with a po­lit­i­cal party, would only say they’re con­cerned lo­cals who be­lieve Mr Musuku should have won the Na­tional nom­i­na­tion.

Mr Musuku told the Cen­tral Leader he found out about the stunt af­ter it hap­pened, but had noth­ing to do with it.

But he says oth­ers have ex­pressed sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments.

“When I walk through the shop­ping mall, peo­ple are say­ing the same thing to me.”

A spokesman for Labour’s Mt Al­bert can­di­date David Shearer says they also heard about the stunt but don’t know who’s be­hind it.

How­ever some Labour sup­port­ers have chanted “bring back Ravi” at pub­lic meet­ings dur­ing the cam­paign.

While he hasn’t spent much time on the cam­paign trail so far, Mr Musuku says he fully sup­ports Ms Lee’s bid to take the seat from Labour.

“I have given her all the in­for­ma­tion and con­tacts I have. Melissa has got a chance of winning.”

Ms Lee has had dif­fi­cult cam­paign so far. She says she be­lieves Young Labour mem­bers were be­hind the demon­stra­tion.

Mr Musuku says he has some sym­pa­thy for Ms Lee fol­low­ing the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to scrap the Waterview tun­nel project for a cheaper op­tion and com­ments where she sug­gested a mo­tor­way would keep crim­i­nals from south Auck­land out of Mt Al­bert.

“You never know how peo­ple are go­ing to re­act.”

The Hills­bor­ough Bap­tist Church pas­tor hopes to make it into Par­lia­ment at the 2011 elec­tion.


Mys­tery sup­port­ers: A hand­ful of Mt Al­bert elec­torate lo­cals, who wouldn’t be named, show their sup­port for for­mer Na­tional can­di­date Ravi Musuku.

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