Fast Action Business Community FABCOM, an economic lobby group in Mombasa County has vowed to push for independence candidacy ahead of the 2022 general elections.
The lobby insists that for decades the coast region has been riding on other regional parties.
Addressing the media in Mombasa on Wednesday FABCOM Chairperson Salim Karama attributed the current socio-economic and political situation to the lack of a coast party to champion the political rights of the locals.
“The region’s economic path is shaped by the socio-economic and political trend in this area. The transfer of resources is due to the political alignments that we have been clinging to for decades. We are therefore pushing for independent candidacy so that we can have a voice in the next county government.
He says should the region have a tangible number of politicians vying on an independent ticket they would be able to fully control the region’s economy.
Mr. Karama called on coast residents to embrace the move terming it as the only way to redeem the region’s economy.
He lashed out at Orange democratic movement party leader Raila Odinga on claims of what he says is ‘abuse’ of coast locals.
‘All the parties are regionally based. ODM belongs to Nyanza. Amani National Congress belongs to Luhyaland among other parties. What is bad for us as a region to have our party?”
At the same time, Fast action Business Community Secretary-General Harriet Muganda said the lobby is pushing for independence candidacy come 2022.
Muganda said for a long time the coast region has been riding on other parties.
“We cannot file an impeachment motion against some senior county officials because we do not have the threshold,” said Ms. Muganda.
She further asked women to flock in multitudes of numbers and contest for political positions ahead of the 2022 election.
The lobby has been at the forefront in championing the economic rights of the region through conducting peaceful protests.