Days after nine candidates contesting for the Msambweni parliamentary seat in the forthcoming by-election were cleared by IEBC, Kwale leaders have vowed not to allow politicians to insult President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga in their campaigns.
This came after leaders allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga engaged in a public spat with those allied to deputy president William Ruto immediately after ODM’s Omar Boga and Independent candidate Feisal Abdallah were cleared by IEBC.
Those allied to Ruto warned Msambweni residents that voting in Boga they will be risking their land since President Uhuru Kenyatta family who is working with Raila Odinga own huge chunks of land in the country and Msambweni as well.
While pro-Raila politicians dared the deputy president to campaign in Msambweni accusing him of being deceitful and being out of government and that his candidate of choice Feisal Abdallah cannot be trusted.
Meanwhile Kwale leaders led by Governor Salim Mvurya have warned that they will not allow leaders from outside to polarize the area.
“This is a by-election of Msambweni people to elect their leader and not a chance by people to insult president Uhuru Kenyatta, to insult opposition leader Raila Odinga or a chance by people to insult deputy president William Ruto, we will not allow that,” he said.
Addressing citizens during Mashujaa day at Lunga Lunga, Mvurya said that the top country leadership have contributed a lot in development of Kwale and should be respected.
He said that Msambweni has tourist’s hotels and therefore political tension can be a disaster in the area.
Former Kwale county women representative Zainab Chidzuga urged politicians to avoid divisive politics and ensure the country does not burn by playing tribal cards.
“Let’s support the government. President Kenyatta should deal with corrupt people in the country,” said Chidzuga
LungaLunga MP Khatib Mwashetani dared politicians from outside the region campaigning in Msambweni threatening local leaders that they will not be spared in the forthcoming by-election.
He said that will rally behind governor Mvurya to support independent candidate Feisal Abdallah.
Maendeleo ya wanawake chairperson Amina Musau urged some politicians in the country to stop dividing citizens saying it is dangerous.
Kwale county commissioner Karuku Ngumo, said that it is important Kenyans to maintain peace as they campaign in Msambweni for the forthcoming by-election set for December 15 this year.