Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta has continued winning over senior opposition politicians to his side ahead of the fresh October 26th presidential elections. The latest opposition politician to declare his support for President Uhuru is former Mombasa Senator, Hassan Omar.
Omar declared his support for Uhuru at Serani Boys School in Mombasa city on Sunday. The former government critique said he had decided to support Uhuru after realizing his opponents were ill equipped to grow the country because of poor development credentials.
Omar said he has lost trust in the key opposition figures when they hounded the former Commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission over fabricated claims. “We cannot have a situation where Raila Odinga, Uhuru’s main rival and where Ali Hassan Joho, the governor of Mombasa are in charge of government. It is a traumatic prospect,” said Omar.
He called on Mombasa residents to “wake up from slumber” and realize that the port city is being ruined by incompetent leadership. Other coastal leaders also took turns to express support for president, Uhuru and take a swipe at the opposition.
President, Uhuru who was dressed in a purple Islamic tunic and headgear, outlined a list of initiatives taken by his government over the last four-and-a-half years to transform Coastal counties. This included among others the construction of roads, dams, extension of electricity to homes and delivery of title deeds.
President, Uhuru said all he wished for was a peaceful Kenyan nation, growing on the back of investment and hard work by its leaders. He said that resolved was tested by the Supreme Court, which annulled his August 8th, 2017 victory. According to Uhuru, the opposition expected him to reject the Supreme Court decision to allow them to spark violence and bloodshed as their short-cut to a negotiated power-sharing agreement.
Speaking at the meeting, a prominent Muslim cleric Sheikh Khalifa, asked voters to back Uhuru, saying he had delivered on key issues in the area. “The Jubilee Government has bought two new ferries to serve the people of Mombasa and has started services at Mtongwe. They have built the standard gauge railway that takes only four hours to reach Nairobi. Now they are going to build another railway that will run from Lamu to Mombasa. They have built the road from Witu to Lamu Mkongwe. What more do we want?” asked the prominent religious leader.
He said the opposition had failed to deliver anything to the people of the region for the many years that they served in Government. “We will not support people who have the characteristics of mosquitoes. They bring malaria, dengue fever and other diseases. We want to follow the bee. The bee produces honey after visiting different plants,” said Sheikh Khalifa.
Adding that, “President Kenyatta is like a bee while Raila is like a mosquito. We are better off with the bee.” Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha, said some of the leading figures aided the grabbing of more than one million acres of land in Lamu County during the reign of the coalition government.
Salim Mvurya, the Kwale county Governor, said the people of the region want leaders who can solve their problems through actions and have no interest dealing with people who specialize in creating problems.
Early last week, three opposition kingpins from Narok including Tiampati Ole Musuni, Rebecca Tonkei and Alfred Keriolale, all from the Orange Democratic Movement, a member of National Super Alliance-NASA defected to Jubilee.