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CORD faces tought fight for Tana River governorship after elders endorse Jubilee candidate

The former assistant minister accuses Dado, who was elected on the Wiper Party ticket, of failing to impact positively to the electorate in the first four years. Mungatana is using a campaign slogan, "Dado Must Go Home" that he says promises change for the residents.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 03 Oct 2016 16:23 EAT

Tana River Governor Hussein Dado is facing one of the fiercest competition from the former Garsen Member of Parliament Danson Mungatana who is being fronted by the ruling Jubilee Party and banking on a negotiated democracy by elders during the 2017 polls.

The former assistant minister accuses Dado, who was elected on the Wiper Party ticket, of failing to impact positively to the electorate in the first four years. Mungatana is using a campaign slogan, "Dado Must Go Home" that he says promises change for the residents.

He accuses the governor of failing to utilize emergencies to rescue its people from the current crisis of drought and water shortage that has so far claimed one life and left over 100,000 people starving. The former Garsen MP on Friday led protests in Hola Town, the county's headquarters, accusing the current administration of being ineffective in addressing the people's developmental needs.

Hundreds of youths and women marched along the town's streets and brought business to a standstill as they chanted anti-Dado slogans. Curious onlookers came out of their business premises to watch as the former legislator marched in the central business district with supporters chanting songs of ‘pisha simba’ (pave way for the lion).

As a drawback for Jubilee's efforts to win the seat, the bad blood between Mungatana and Galole MP Hassan Dukicha was brought in the open during the protests as the two didn't even shake each other's hands when they met within the town. Dukicha tried to wave and even called Mungatana from the roof of his car, but the latter walked away.

Mungatana said the governor wasn't quick in addressing disasters such as drought and famine, which had left many poor residents in dire need of water and food. “I am very disappointed by the governor; we have challenges of drought in the county and food shortages, the reason we have devolution is to get quick response from the county but that has not happened,’’ he said.

He also alleged that the local administration had squandered El Nino funds released by the national government. “One wonders how come there is no money for emergency but there is money to buy  an armored vehicle for the governor,’’ he said, lending credence to rumours in the county that Governor Dado has bought an armored vehicle at Sh40 million.

Mungatana promised that he would soon announce the complete line-up for his campaign, including his running mate, MPs, senator, women rep and MCAs. He said Gaza leaders who sat and agreed on a negotiated democracy are yet to finalize the list to be in his team which will consist of all communities in Tana River County.

The former MP also criticized the CORD leadership for failing to address the poor administration of their leadership and malpractices by their governors.

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