A Mombasa boy who caused a buzz on social media after being invited by President Uhuru Kenyatta to State House recently, yesterday escorted his parents to the polling station to witness them vote for his friend, the president.
Baby Omar Mohamed said he accompanied his parents Mohamed Abdulrasul and Munaa Omar to Kanderboy polling station to make sure they voted. “Today is the president’s birthday and I am here with my parents to see that his big day goes on well,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jubilee Party has said it will take legal action against its 200 election agents who did not show up at polling stations during yesterday’s poll. Ample security Tourism Cabinet secretary Najib Balala said out of about 900 appointed agents, five per cent failed to turn up despite having gone through training and received allowances.
The CS said the party was optimistic of winning the poll with more than 70 per cent of votes cast. Balala cast his vote at PHD polling station in Mwembe Tayari, Mombasa county, while businessman Suleiman Shahbal voted at Tononoka Nursery School.
Addressing the media at Tononoka Nursery School polling station, Shahbal said the violence witnessed at Bangladesh area was expected as it is an Opposition stronghold.
“We are urging people to come out and vote because its their right. We have gone round various polling stations and there is ample security, therefore, no need to fear,” he said.
He was accompanied by former Mombasa Deputy Governor Hazel Katana who echoed his sentiments. Heightened security was evident in various polling stations in the area, however, the streets remained largely deserted.
Voters in the area said the voting exercise was effortless especially because no long queues were witnessed in Sharrif Nassir Secondary School, Serani, Kanderboy Health Centre and PHD polling stations among others . Mvita sub-county Returning Officer Hussein Omar said the exercise went on smoothly in all the 187 polling stations.