Lamu, KENYA: The political cloud in Lamu is quickly gaining momentum in what promises to be the biggest and toughest gubernatorial contest in the county come 2017.
Lamu governor Issa Timamy of UDF shall be facing it out with long time rival Fahim Twaha of TNA,former KenGen engineer Swaleh Imu and former Kenya Ports Authority-KPA board of director member Abdalla Fadhil who have so far announced their intent.
The politicians have already begun early campaign shuttles across the county.
Speculation is however rife that the major horses in this particular gubernatorial race shall be between Timamy and Twaha.
Twaha lost to Timamy in the last general election of 2013 but went ahead to challenge Timamy’s election at the High and Supreme courts in a petition that has been pending since then.
However, last Friday the supreme court dropped the petition.
Several other individuals floated as possible candidates including Lamu’s Nairobi based lawyer Mwaure Waihiga are yet to officially make their intentions public.
Waihiga who also lost in the 2013 gubernatorial race to Timamy on the Agano Party, said he was still making final consultations before he could declare his stand.
Most of the candidates said they were confident of winning since Timamy had lost the trust of the people of Lamu.
In recent times the governor has on many occasions fallen out with fellow politicians among them Senator Abu Chiaba and Women rep Shakilla Abdalla who have accused him of sidelining them in the leadership agenda.
Critics have also observed that the success of Timamy’s second shot at the gubernatorial slot might greatly be hampered; due to the number of political enemies he has made among local MCAs, majority of whom have publicly declared their dislike for the governor.
This is already being maximized by his political rivals among them Fahim Twaha who is already said to have a considerable amount of influence over majority of the MCAs, with speculation being rife that the MCAs will be bait for rivals to turn voters against him.
MCAs and other politicians in the county have on several occasions accused the governor for staging a one man show in the running of county affairs and implementation of key decisions.
To be noted however, is the fact that Twaha has been Lamu West MP for over 15 years with locals accusing him of ignorance and failure to on development.
His tenure is reported to have been marred by massive joblessness, corruption, drugs and increased land conflicts and general underdevelopment.
“We are curious as to what Fahim thinks he can do for us now that he didn’t do for the 15 years that he was MP. There is absolutely nothing to show and at the end of the day, voters want leaders who can deliver even just a little bit. Fahim was completely redundant,” said Muhammad Famau.