Over 70 Kenya Kwanza leaders camping in Mombasa ahead of gubernatorial elections
Over 70 Kenya Kwanza leaders are camping in Mombasa ready to guard the coalition's votes ahead of the Mombasa gubernatorial elections.
Led by former Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, former Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, former Lungalunga M.P Khatib Mwashetani, former Lamu East MP Athuman Sharif among others said that they will be camping in Mombasa to ensure that residents exercise their democratic rights seamlessly.
The leaders added that they had met, security officers in Mombasa in readiness for tomorrow's exercise.
They further threatened to take the law into their hands if the security apparatus were not ready to dispense their duties.
"We urge you to take control since if you don't we will take charge and defend our votes," Kuria said.
"We have met the top security bosses in Mombasa and we have requested them to provide enough security without any bias if they fail to guarantee our security we are here to guard our votes," he said.
He further accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of using delay tactics to open polling stations perceived to be on Kenya Kwanza's bases.
"We know what they did last time, delayed in opening polling stations late as a way of turning away early voters, we dare them to repeat the same since we will be on the ground to guard our votes," Kuria said.
Elections for the position of governor in the two counties were postponed to August 23 by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after a mix-up in the printing of ballot papers.
The races will pit the two major political formations, Kenya Kwanza under the leadership of William Ruto and Raila Odinga's Azimio.
In Mombasa, outgoing Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Nassir of Orange Democratic Movement ( ODM) is facing five other candidates among them former Senator Hassan Omar of the united Democratic Alliance( UDA)