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Thursday, 07 Sep 2017 15:29 EAT
Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has resigned from the Wiper Party and quit his position as secretary general. Omar, a fast-talking former human rights crusader who once served as vice chairperson of the statutory Kenya National Commission for Human Rights, left his position on a low note, having failed to capture the Mombasa governorship against incumbent Ali Hassan Joho.
In a letter addressed to party leader and NASA principal Kalonzo Musyoka, Omar says his resignation has been caused by what he terms ‘deep rooted’ reasons and his inability to carry on following his election loss.
But in a quick rejoinder, Wiper Executive Director Dr Jared Siso downplayed Omar’s resignation and stated that there was "no vacuum left" in the party since the position has two vibrant Deputy Secretary Generals who can perform in his absence.
“Yes. It’s true Hassan Omar has resigned as party Secretary General, but I can assure you that there is no vacuum left since we have two Deputy Secretary Generals, Peter Mathuki and Judith Sijeny, who would act until the position is filled accordingly”, he told Kenya Free Press on a phone call.
In the resignation letter dated September 6, 2017, Omar said he informed NASA before the election that he would not be a member if he lost. It was only a matter of time after the declaration of the election in which Joho was re-elected on ODM ticket with 221,177 votes, followed by Jubilee Party's Suleiman Shahbal who had 69,515 votes, while Omar came third with 43,787. Hezron Awiti of Vibrant Democratic Party got 4,709 votes and Kadu Asili's Daniel Kitsao had 1,670
Giving reasons for his resignation Omar said “That was not rhetoric. It is still the case. As such it is unlikely that I will play any part in your October 17 presidential quest but nonetheless I wish you all the best,” Omar said.
“As pertains to seeking electoral justice, the re-organisation of my politics – if at all – and my endeavours towards personal development and re-positioning the discourse for social justice, make my position as secretary general untenable.”
Omar thanked Kalonzo, who is NASA’s Deputy President Candidate, for “unequivocal support, friendship and partnership” during his tenure. “It was indeed an exciting and memorable journey with memories that I will cherish and experience I will apply in my journey of life.”
Omar’s next move could not be immediately established, but a source close to him said he could be headed to the Jubilee Party. Throughout the election period, he was accused of being a ‘Jubilee more’ in the opposition.
A NASA secretariat official told this website that NASA leaders including Kalonzo tried to persuade Omar to shelve his plans to contest the Mombasa gubernatorial seat and let Joho complete his two terms, but he declined.
"This was an indication that he had a hidden agenda and the faster he joins Jubilee, the better for us”, the source said.