Whose side are they on?
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.