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Mombasa UDA supporters threatens to ditch the party over favouritism

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[Mombasa Senator Aspirant Mohammed Amir addressing journalists after ditching UDA. Photo/Ahmed Omar/ April, 04, 2022].

A section of United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party members and supporters in Mombasa have threatened to ditch the party over alleged favouritism in picking candidates.

The party conducted its first primaries last week Thursday that was marred with violence and rigging allegations in favour of certain candidates across the country.

Addressing the media in a Mombasa on Monday, Mohammed Amir, a Senate hopeful said he had ditched the party and would instead run as an independent candidate.

“I have officially quit UDA today and will vie as an independent candidate for the Mombasa senator seat,” said Amir.

Amir is Mombasa governor Hassan Joho’s step brother, he was to square it off with former Joho’s political advisor Hamisi Mwaguya for the party ticket.

He was accompanied by about 50 disgruntled MCA aspirants who lost in the UDA nominations. They also vowed to look for other means to be in the ballot box come August, 9th.

Amir refuted reports that he had agreed to step down in favour of Mwaguya saying that the final opinion poll done last Tuesday was not scientific.

Contention

He accused the UDA leadership in Mombasa of having a hand in the polls and the nominations he described as sham, saying that the leaders had personal vendettas against some aspirants.

“We are in a democratic country where every Kenyan must be given the opportunity to pick their leaders, unfortunately this was not the case in UDA,” he added.

The party had subjected Senate, MP and Woman representative candidates in Mombasa to interviews and poll opinions to pick the candidates.

Last Wednesday, Deputy President William Ruto announced that the party had reached a consensus to settle on former Senator Hassan Omar Sarai to be UDA’s Gubernatorial candidate in Mombasa.

Mwaguya was picked to be the Senator aspirant with Fatuma Barayan as the Woman representative candidate.

Current Nyali MP Mohammed Ali was given the party ticket, Omar Shallo (Mvita), Mohamed Mwahima (Likoni), Karisa Nzai (Jomvu), Mbarak Hamid (Kisauni) with Isaac Malila expected to fly the party flag in Changamwe constituency.

Divisions

In Mvita, Hassan Rajab Sumba refuted reports that he had been paid to step down for Omar Shallo who was picked as the party’s candidate.

Sumba and Shallo were to face off with Ali Mwatsahu for the ticket.

“No one has given me money to step down for anyone, I am firmly with my Mvita people and no amount of money can be used to buy me, ignore that propaganda” said Sumba.

He said that they were called for interviews in Nairobi, he had 13 percent and Shallo had 10 percent. However, the party’s national election board insisted they go for another poll saying the margin was small.

“The repeat polls last Tuesday only covered 500 people, that sample size cannot be used to determine the outcome. I was given 10 percent and Shallo 15 percent,” he said.

[Mvita Constituency Parliamentary Aspirant Hassan Rajab Sumba addressing the media. Photo/Ahmed Omar/ April, 18, 2022].

Sumba assured his supporters that he will be in the ballot paper saying that he will give them direction by the end of next week.

On her part Ms Bibiye Mahmoud said if UDA patron deputy president Dr William Ruto will not address the stalemate over bungled nominations the aggrieved aspirants are quitting UDA party and vies as independent candidates under AZIMIO.