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Sunday, 12 Mar 2017 12:48 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
As President Uhuru Kenyatta combs the Coast region for defectors from the Orange Democratic Movement, long term supporters of the Jubilee government from the region are grumbling over promises being handed to the new entrants joining the party that Jubilee will hand them automatic nomination tickets.
From Kwale to Mombasa and Taita Taveta, candidates who had been preparing for years to run on the Jubilee Party say they are being shoved aside in favour of “jonnhies-come-lately” from ODM. Current Taita Taveta senator Dan Mwazo, who announced his defection at the Voi Stadium yesterday, will run for the local gubernatorial seat on the Jubilee ticket, which he was assured of yesterday.
This website can authoritatively reveal that Mr Mwazo's long-awaited defection to the Jubilee Party was the trigger of the defection of radio journalist Granton Samboja, who for three years was the presumptive pro-government (Jubilee Party) nominee for governorship of Taita Taveta. Mr Samboja defected to the Wiper Democratic Movement last month.
"The defection by Mr Samboja strengthed NASA in the county since many of his supporters now recognise that the opposition coalition is the natural home for the people of Taita Taveta. Instead of going for a senator who won't win even an MCA seat, the president should have helped sell the candidature of Samboja," said a political activist in Voi Town.
In Mombasa, Governor Hassan Joho's deputy Hazel Katana, who had earlier indicated her interest in running against her boss, has switched her target from the governorship to the senate position in order not to clash with Mr Suleiman Shahbal, another former ODM defector. Mr Shahbal was crowned as the automatic Jubilee Party candidate by deputy president William Ruto in January.
Among the governors, Tana River's Hussein Dado will announce his defection at the rally President Kenyatta will address in Mombasa this afternoon while Kwale's Salim Mvurya joined Jubilee Party at its formation last September. Issa Timamy of Lamu has also joined the party. Each of the top officials have substantial following in their counties and no other aspiring politicians could dream of beating them.
Uhuru issues 15,000 title deeds and addressed wananchi at Voi Stadium.
However, some positions are not as stronger. In Kilifi County, Jubilee aspirants have rejected the defection of Kilifi South Mustafa Iddi, who will seek reelection on the party's ticket, having defected from ODM last year. In Tana River, county assembly speaker Nuh Nassir who had teamed up with former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana in the governorship campaign did not welcome Mr Dado's defection.
Taita Taveta woman representative Joyce Lay's aroused contention from Ms Anna Kina and Ms Priscilla Mwangeka who had been campaigning on the party's ticket.