Kaya elders endorse Sonko’s Mombasa governorship bid

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Their Sonko endorsement came a few hours after similar sentiments were expressed by the Kikuyu Council of Elders, Mombasa chapter.

Led by chairman Henry Wanyoike, the Kikuyu elders in Mombasa said the push in the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance camp is because of Sonko’s entry into the Mombasa governor race which has made Mombasa tycoons uncomfortable.

He said some parties in the Azimio camp have been overshadowed and purposefully kept in the dark so that ODM can dominate.

“We want to be involved in all the campaign activities of Azimio as equal partners. This way, we will ensure only the most popular leaders will be elected,” Wanyoike said.

He said for the last 10 years, Mombasa has been divided into two groups of people, the natives and the non-natives, a narrative that he said has been detrimental to one group.

“This time, let us allow any leader to have that opportunity to be elected by the people who feel they will get better services from them,” said Wanyoike at the Pembe za Ndovu, along Moi Avenue.

He said Sonko has a democratic right to vie for any seat anywhere in the country because he is a Kenyan.

The entry of Sonko into the Mombasa governor race has thrown plans by ODM’s top guns into disarray, forcing them to go back to the drawing board.

Efforts to have him blocked from vying are being made.

However, Sonko, who has been to Mombasa twice since he was unveiled as Wiper’s candidate for Governor Hassan Joho’s seat in the August 9 elections, has maintained that he has no problems with any leader in Mombasa.

He will face Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir (ODM), former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar (UDA), and Mombasa deputy governor William Kingi (PAA) in the race to succeed Joho, whose final term ends on August 9.

The Kaya elders also called for peaceful elections, asking youth not to allow themselves to be used to fight others, sentiments that were echoed by the Kikuyu elders.

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