Lamu politicians have accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of attempting to cunningly lure Kenyans into supporting the Jubilee party with the pretext of unity and development.
Rishad Amana and Hassan Albeity who unsuccessfully vied for Lamu Senate and Parliamentary seats respectively claimed the President’s over-stretched stay at the coast is but a political strategy.
The two politicians termed it as unfortunate for the president to be using Lamu problems’ especially the issue of poor roads and hospitals to chart his political prowess in the region.
They instead asked the president to address many challenges facing the Lamu people without attaching any political strings.
“The president came and promised to attend to our roads and hospitals. That is his duty as head of state. He shouldn’t use that to sway people’s political stands. The way we see it, this is just jubilee at its best. People need to understand that the president owes it to Kenyans to do what he is doing. It’s a right not a favor. Lamu is in Kenya too which is headed by him” said Mr. Amana.
“We have heard people saying that there is no need for him to campaign in Lamu since the Jubilee vote here is obvious. That’s a lie” he added.
The two politicians also criticized the recent standoff between Nairobi senator Mike Mbuvi and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho saying it was unwise to bully someone into assuming a certain political stand to impress a head of state.
The politicians claimed that the recent two day visit by president Uhuru Kenyatta in Lamu failed to capture the challenges faced by the county since all concentration was on the politics.
“People still waste a lot of time on the road. We expected the president to do something about it. The issue of security too wasn’t touched. These Alshabaab militants are giving people sleepless nights. The president didn’t give a way forward on that and many more,” said Albeity.
The president pledged Sh.200 million to improve Lamu hospitals.
They also faulted the president for failing to find time and meet with the county council of elders in order to talk through matters affecting the community.
They called on locals to elect leaders with a vision for the county development instead of political patronage.