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Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 12:26 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Mombasa is reputed to be most Orange county in the whole republic. All its members of the county assembly were elected on the party's ticket, as were the governor, women representative and most of the MPs, barring those who 'sneaked in' through the ODM-allied Wiper Democratic Movement ticket.
However, one man is seeking to break the party's dominance at the heart of the island. Mohamed Tenge has set his eyes on the seat and does not shy away from confronting ODM. “We know Mombasa has been ODM zone but this is no longer the case, why undermine innocent youths who at one time voted for you,” he said at a youth forum on Tuesday.
Speaking at a youth forum at the Mombasa Technical Training College, the aspirant appealed to young people to rally behind him, saying he would help address their problems in ways the current leadership had not.
He urged government to relax the conditions set by state-backed financial institutions such as the Uwezo Fund, saying many youths were being denied access to the funds due to long bureaucracies involved. He said he would soon invite the deputy president William Ruto to tour Mombasa and raise funds for the youths who would like to start up businesses.
“For our economy to grow, the majority of our population must be given platform to do business, and these are the youths," he said, adding youths constituted 60 percent of the population of Mombasa.
Mr Tenge claimed the Mombasa county government had neglected the youth in its development planning. He claimed that some Jubilee-supporting youths have been denied jobs at the county government. Without giving evidence of the youths, he said, "The constitution requires equity in employment for all Kenyans, but the Mombasa government has sidelined those perceived to be its critics."