The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Jubilee party has received a massive support after youth from across the six counties in the Coast Region - Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Lamu and Taita Taveta pronounced their total support to the ruling party.
The group calling itself ‘Vijana Pwani na Uhuru’ has vowed to drum up support for the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The founder and chairman Mr Jeff Bwana says the group that has a membership of 3,000 people seeks to break down barriers resulting from decades of negative political propaganda and mis-information.
He says Vijana Pwani Na Uhuru seeks to dismantle negative ethnicity that has been the hallmark of opposition politics in Coast region, through the use of their vast and immense innovation power, talents, skill to influence the region.
“It is a team of progressive thinking youth working as President Uhuru’s campaign foot soldiers and is designed to uncover the potential of youths as unbound and new drivers of an ethnicity free society.” he said.
Mr Bwana said that besides campaigning for President Kenyatta, the group will also advocate against tribalism and violence especially during this election period.
“This group is alive to and part of the journey of courage taken by the President to dismantle generational tribalism. It’s about hope, resilience, self-discovery and re-awakening by the youths from Coast region taking a common and shared understanding,” he noted.
He said that it is time youths rose up against ethnicity and act on it as it is the generation that bear the greatest social, economic and political cost burden of ‘generation tribalism’.
“Therefore, we should stand up and ensure we do not pass on this burden to the next generation,” he said.
Vijana Pwani Na Uhuru, he noted was alive to the fact that negative ethnicity and propaganda is a real threat and a constant constraint facing the youths as the election nears.
“The youths have the power to change these choices at any time in order to achieve more satisfactory results through supporting the President’s re-election campaign, Mr Bwana said.
Youths, he noted view themselves as ‘The living brands of Kenya and are looking for leaders who will inspire them, motivate and create space through which they can express their individual brands to create a national super brand- Kenya.
The Coast Newspaper Reporter
A large section of Investors in Tana River County have thrown their weight to the Kenya Patriots Party Candidate Danson Buya Mungatana who is vying for the gubernatorial seat in the County.
The investors are said to have been conducting series of consultative meetings with Mungatana’s close allies in mapping out ways of being part of his campaign trail, assured him of their total support.
The spokesperson of the investors who sort anonymity told Journalists they have decamped to Mungatana after they realised that he is likely to form the next county government.
“It’s quite evident that this guy will carry the day and it’s for our own good if we support him now because we want to be part of his government” the Investor told journalists after a meeting with Mungatana in Hola.
He said “We have been meeting on our own though some were opposed to the idea of supporting Mungatana but thank God they have seen the light and we are now speaking the same language. We have not forced or coerced anyone one to support him but everybody decided as a person to support him after the truth emerged”
When the press asked the investors spokesman why he wouldn’t want to be mentioned he said “Time will come when we shall call a press conference where we shall assemble all the Investors in a broad day light to the public without any fear of anything and speak out our minds. For now we are still cooking so no hurry, things will be ready soon”
On his part Mungatana who looked energised after the meeting said “These guys have been looking for me for a long time its only that i have been very busy with my campaigns but i thank God today i found time to meet them”
He said, basically the meeting was all about my campaign and how they can come in as friends and assist me in one way or the other.
They have expressed their interest to work with me whom am i to turn them down, Mungatana added.
Though Mungatana was optimistic with the investors support he was reluctant to disclose the kind of support they pledged to offer.
“You see you cannot dictate to someone who has willingly offered to help on what to offer to you, that’s not being genuine at all and in fact in our community we do not allow such kind of attitude” he said furiously.
However a click of Investors mainly from the Bayuf family is said to be in support of the incumbent governor Hussein Dado while the ODM candidate major Dhado Godana relies on well wishers.
Hussein is said to have given the Bayuf who are his close allies tender to carpet the Hola town roads.
The Wipper candidate Nuh Nassir is capitalising on his personal resources accumulated when he served as the Bura legislator and Tana River county Assembly speaker.
Meanwhile Mungatana called on more businessmen to invest in Tana County saying the area is economically virgin and it lags behind due to poor investment plan.
He singled out the education sector which he said there are a handful of private schools compared to other areas terming it as an indicator of things not moving in the right direction.
“We need to see more private schools coming up if we are to compete with other areas. If you look at how the farmers are losing millions of money because there is not even a single mango factory you will get to understand what i mean when i call on investors to come in for our aid. This is the only area that has a lot of cattle with no single cattle deep leave alone a slaughter house” he said.
He appealed to the government to construct good roads that will necessitate business activities.
He said for any business to thrive it must be accessible to customers and this can only happen if the government can make good passable roads that will link up all the villages to help ferry goods to the market.
“My government will set up a revolving fund that will enable small scale business people to borrow money and boost their economic activities.
He pledged to build several slaughter houses in all the sub counties and source for international market for beef.
“We shall form cooperative societies where out of them we shall have marketing teams that will look for world wide market for our products” he added.
According to government records exportation of cattle has drastically gone down following to a number of issues.
Most herders are said not abide by the set regulations of hooding their livestock hence discouraging potential cattle exporters.
The Coast Newspaper Reporter
With just one month to the general elections, the campaigns for the Taita-Taveta governorship are gathering steam with at least 8 candidates bracing themselves for a bruising battle in search of the influential and enviable position.
It is a show of might between the top contenders, with branded vehicles, huge billboards, banners and thousands of posters doting the county towns and villages, in a race that might be one of the most hotly contested.
The three top contenders for the gubernatorial seat Jubilee’s Dan Mwazo, ODM’s Thomas Mwadeghu and independent candidate John Mruttu have a tough task in wooing the Taveta voters, who demonstrated during the party primaries that they will back one of their own as far as the three county seats of governor, women rep and senator are concerned.
As the d day approaches nearly all the MCAs allied to ODM in the just concluded county assembly have stood to their guns in support of the re-election of the incumbent governor John Mruttu pitting the ODM gubernatorial candidate Thomas Mwandeghu.
With the fresh realignments the hard question remains over whether the Taveta will still back Mruttu who is defending his seat as an independent candidate, or if they will split their votes between Mwadeghu and Mwazo who have picked running mates from Taveta.
Jubilee’s Dan Mwazo picked little-known Stanley Masamo Mruttu, a nephew to governor John Mruttu, as his running mate, while Mwadeghu settled for the soft- spoken and unassuming Richard Tairo to deputize him.
There is a general feeling that Mwadeghu’s choice of Tairo as his running mate could lessen the bad blood that developed between the Taita and the Taveta after the shambolic ODM primaries that saw Mruttu, a Mtaveta, lose to Mwadeghu, a Mtaita.
In the final analysis though, the Taveta could still bank their hopes for a deputy governor from Mwazo and Mwadeghu, if Mruttu was to lose in the August polls.
At the same time former Central Bank of Kenya deputy governor Jacintah Mwatela is taking a second stab at the Taita-Taveta gubernatorial post, having lost to incumbent John Mruttu in 2013.
Despite challenging the elections outcome in court, Mwatela however lost and the victory taken by Mruttu.
Mwatela picked Alfred Mwangoma Shereta, (who originally hails from Shigharo village in Wundanyi but has settled in Taveta) as her running mate.
In a similar move meant to sway the Taveta vote, independent candidate Erastus Katani picked Benedict Mutua Nzioka, a Kamba from Taveta, as his running mate.
However, other governorship candidates Granton Samboja, Emmanuel Kisombe and Dr Constantine Mwadime have cast their nets wider in search for their deputies.
Samboja settled for Majala Mlaghui who hails from Chawia village in Mwatate.Former immigration PS Kisombe picked Richard Mwangeka, a youth from Mwatate, while Dr Mwadime went for Eng Dalmas Simba from Bura in Mwatate sub-county as his deputy- in- waiting.