Nyali MP Awiti ditches Wiper, unveils new party and running mate

Nyali MP Hezron Awiti

Nyali MP Hezron Awiti yesterday unveiled his new political party and running mate for the Mombasa gubernatorial race. Mr Awiti, who recently quit the Kalonzo Musyoka-led Wiper Democratic Movement (WDM) will have Hassan Mwamtoa, a banker, as his running mate in the August polls. The two will be running on a Democratic Party ticket where Awiti, a former national treasurer of WDM, is party leader.

Mwamtoa, a Digo from Likoni Sub-county in¬†Mombasa, was endorsed by Mijikenda community elders.¬†Awiti¬†announced that the Mijikenda community from which¬†his¬†running¬†mate¬†is drawn, will share the county government on a 50-50 basis with other communities if he wins the seat. “The Mijikenda will share the county government with other communities in the county on a 50-50 basis,”¬†Awitisaid. Other¬†gubernatorial¬†candidates seeking to unseat Governor¬†Hassan¬†Joho are Suleiman Shahbal of Jubilee and¬†Hassan¬†Omar of¬†WDM. The Mijikenda community is seen to be the best¬†political bait for¬†gubernatorial¬†candidates in¬†Mombasa¬†because it forms the biggest voting bloc.¬†

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