ODM candidate Omar Boga has been cleared to vie for the Msambweni parliamentary seat.
Earlier his supporters expressed fears that his clearance would be jolted following a complaint filed by ‘Coast Beach Management Units trust’ that claimed Boga was an active member of the Kenya Fisheries Service and one of the board directors.
However, IEBC Kwale Returning Officer Yusuf Abubakar on Friday cleared Boga who vowed to clinch the Msambweni Parliamentary seat.
Flanked by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho who is also the ODM Deputy party Leader, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, Siaya Senator James Orengo, Likoni MP Mishi Mboko and Kwale Senator Issah Juma Boy, Boga said Msambweni is ODM zone and none will change that.
Joho said ODM leaders will conduct serious campaign to ensure Boga wins the seat.
“We will camp and live in Msambweni until we retain our seat,” said Joho.
The governor slammed Deputy President William Ruto urging him to stop sending people and battle it out with him on ground.
“The Deputy President is sending his people to come and dismantle us. We will show him what we are made of. Let him stop playing with Msambweni people,” said Joho.
Joho said Boga is the only candidate who will implement all the development projects in the constituency.
Suna East MP Junet Mohammed referred to the other candidates as ‘donkeys’ who will get nothing in the Msambweni race.
On his party Likoni Member of Parliament Mishi Mboko said is respect of the late MP Suleiman Dori Msambweni residents should vote for Boga.
However, those supporting Independent candidate Feisal Abdallah Bader said they will not be shaken by Joho’s sentiments.
They said they will properly battle the ODM candidate.
More candidates among them Wiper Democratic Party’s Shee Abdulrahman, National Vision party’s Marere wa Mwachai and Salim Mwakaonje, United Green Movement Party are also expected to be cleared.
Msambweni Parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of the MP Suleiman Dori in March, 2020.
He was receiving treatment at the Pandya memorial hospital in Mombasa.
Msambweni by-election is slated for December, 15.