As 2022 political realignments takes shape, my interest is drawn to two politicians who are silently strategising to ensure they sail into Mombasa County top job.
Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir and his Kisauni counterpart Ali Menza Mbogo have resorted into ‘no retract no surrender’ but pursue the top county seat come 2022.
Recently during Eid Baraza celebrations at Mombasa treasury square gardens, Mbogo stated it in black and white that he was heading for the County chief post come 2022.
He said he was the right person to take over from the current Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho.
Mbogo with his development record from Elimu Kwanza program where most schools have been constructed and others elevated into modern learning institutions while children from less fortunate families benefited from bursaries is slowly gathering grass root support.
He has focused more on the chronic land issues in Utange within his constituency, initiated various youth projects as well as small businesses for women.
Mbogo the first time Kisauni legislature says he got into leadership to fix problems and climb the ladder to greater heights, it seems he is doing exactly that.
Kisauni has a total of 126, 151 voters as per 2017 general elections IEBC records.
During the last general polls Mbogo garnered 34, 898 votes.
Mombasa has a total of 580,223 registered voters as per 2017 IEBC records.
With such figures if Kisauni dwellers decide to vote as a block, then Mombasa will have a completely different political leadership.
Let’s not wish away with the fact that with a total of 580,223 registered voters, Joho got 221,774 votes to retain his seat.
Kisauni is the biggest densely populated constituency and can decide who sails into replacing Joho.
[Kisauni MP and Mombasa gubernatorial hopeful Ali Menza Mbogo. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
Mbogo is a political leader who never believed in the ODM’s six piece vote and on a wiper ticket he trounced Rashid Bedzimba in the 2017 general elections.
However, insecurity in the constituency remains a major obstacle in his leadership.
Nassir’s track record
On his part, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir has strong Mombasa Island support.
He is a development oriented leader who initiated the ‘Skills mtaani initiative’ that targeted the youth.
Beneficiaries received 60 percent of the total required fees for their technical education.
He is also known for the best management of CDF fund in his constituency that has lead to realisation of various development records.
No turning back
Nassir immediately announced to his supporters after he was declared the winner of the 2017 Mvita parliamentary seat battle that he was heading to the county top seat.
In a constituency with a total of 107, 091 registered voters Nassir who in 2017 garnered 46, 575 votes to lead Mvita for a second term has strong support from women and youth in his constituency.
The Legislature has been using the Uwezo fund to ensure women, youth and physically challenged embrace entrepreneurial initiatives.
However Nassir has to stretch his hands further to reach the outskirts constituencies of Jomvu, Changamwe, Likoni, Nyali and Kisauni to realise his 2022 political dream.
Likoni Member of Parliament Mishi Mboko, Mombasa County Assembly Speaker Aharub Khatri are among those who have declared their interest as the Mombasa 2022 Mombasa gubernatorial battle hots up.