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Awiti hints at ‘negotiated democracy’ in Mombasa

PD Correspondent @PeopleDailyKe

Mombasa governor aspirant Hezron Awiti has said his regime, if elected, will negotiate leadership positions among the different communities living in the county to ensure an all-inclusive administration.

He said the experience from the 2013 elections where people voted on party lines without looking at the credibility of those seeking leadership positions “has led to the mess that has characterised the current Mombasa County administration”.

Business as usual While addressing more than 2,000 Imams and Madrasa teachers drawn from the six constituencies in Mombasa, Awiti said 2017 “will not be business as usual” urging all communities in the county to support a leader who would bring unity and come up with programmes that will benefit everyone. The clerics pledged to support Awiti in his bid.

They also signed a pact that will guarantee them a position of executive member in Awiti’s government. They also want nomination slots for county assembly to be from the Islamic religious side.

Awiti is seeking the Mombasa top job through a Vibrant Democratic Party (VDP) ticket. He is competing against incumbent governor Hassan Joho (ODM), Hassan Omar (Wiper) and Suleiman Shahbal (Jubilee).

“We want to bring change to Mombasa because this county is not a preserve of a few people who want to monopolise resources,” he said. He said his agenda is not to divide people on ethnic lines but to bring a revolution that will unite everyone.

The Mombasa Madrassa Teachers Network Association secretary Sheikh Hassan Mubarak said they support Awiti’s candidature because “he is courageous and has the ability to unite all the communities” living in Mombasa.

He said the current leadership has failed to address critical development issues and ensure equitable distribution of devolution resources. “We have learnt our lessons and this time we will not look at a party but an individual who will help turn around the situation in Mombasa. As Imams, we have made our decision and we are keen this time,” he said.

“As religious leaders, we will have failed if we allow the situation where a select few are benefiting yet Mombasa is for all of us irrespective of our diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds,” he added.

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