As the by-election scheduled for March 7 approaches, the members of the participating parties, especially the two apparently most talked-about political parties, are fighting tooth and nail to win the hearts of voters.
In this vein, CORD officials headed to Malindi yesterday to sell their candidate for Malindi parliamentary by-election to the people.
Tens of hundreds of Malindi locals brimmed the streets of Malindi to welcome the CORD leaders. But this heated-up campaign stepped on the wrong toe of Jubilee supporters in Malindi. Over 100 youths took to the Msabaha area, to agitate against the visitation and planned rally of the CORD’s chairpersons.
They crowded on to the venue where Cord leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang’ula were supposed hold a rally to make people vote for Willy Mtengo, protesting against it.
The youths, while jamming Raila’s venue, allegedly lauded JAP and it’s administration in a song, expressing their appreciation for the party’s development history.
They also swore not to accept Cord bosses at a rally set to happen at Msabaha.
Note that all the candidates vying for the seat are supposed to present their nomination papers to IEBC for clearance by the commission on Monday February 8.
CORD’s candidate, Willy Mtengo is expected to be accompanied by his alliances including Raila, Wetang’ula and Kalonzo as well CORD supports as he goes to present his nominations at the IEBC offices with other five candidates aspiring for the same seat.
Mathematically, it is only one month away from the D-day, but the constituency is already tensed up politically regarding who eventually emerge the winner of the seat that once belonged to the now Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu.
Official campaigns are expected to start today and the battle is apparently between Jubilee Phillip Charo and ODM Willy Mtengo.
Malindi has turned into a spot for top politicians, since the seat was declared vacant. President Uhuru Kenyatta visited and spent days in the area and currently CORD chiefs have also gone to spend a few days, all in a bid to gain supporters.
Whatever the outcome of by-election becomes, it will serve as a pillar of judgement for both Cord and Jubilee in the 2017 General Election.
It will go to show the ability of Mung’aro in standing against Governor Hassan Joho in the Coast kingpin contest. Also, it will prove his chances in beating Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi in the gubernatorial race.
Source: The Star