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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Fierce political battle in Nyali constituency

Aspirants eyeing for the Nyali constituency parliamentary seat in 2017 are already on the ground lobbying for support for elections more than two years away.
Speculations about the incumbent MP, Hezron Awiti, setting his eyes on the Mombasa governor’s seat has fuelled unprecedented political underground moves for the seat. In the absence of Awiti, all the aspirants will be freshers given that Nyali is a new constituency that was hived off from Kisauni constituency.
In the last general elections, those who gave Awiti stiff competition were Yasir Noor of TNA and John Mcharo of ODM. Even though they lost to Awiti, they are still strong on the ground and the entry in the race of businessman Said Abdalla, a cousin of Mombasa governor Hassan Joho, is likely to alter the political matrix.
Saido, as Abdalla is fondly known among his peers and supporters has already distinguished himself as a strong contender. He has targeted the youth whom he has helps secure employment opportunities and contracts at Kenya Ports Authority.
But Saido will have to contend with whoever Awiti will anoint as his successor in the constituency. So far, Awiti has not indicated publicly whom he prefers as his successor, should he eventually opt for the big seat.
According to Saido, his aim of seeking the seat is to acquire a platform through which he can assist the common man. He laments that many people seek  elective positions to get an opportunity to steal from the public coffers and enrich themselves.