Lamu, KENYA: Amani National Congress-ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi is set to begin a two day tour of Lamu County in a move to drum up and solidify the party’s support in the county ahead of the 2017 general elections.
Musalia is expected in Faza island on Friday after which he will officiate over an evening ceremony to formally welcome back county governor Issa Timamy,MCAsand other aspirants to the ANC party.
The former Deputy Prime Minister is also expected to whip up support for his brainchild the National Super Alliance –NASA that has picked momentum and acceptance across the political divide.
According to a statement issued by Musalia’s Private and Press secretary Kibisu Kabatesi,he will also preside over a public rally at Mkunguni Square on Saturday afterwhich he will also meet various opinion leaders in the county.
Musalia is among other things expected to address the nagging land issues where absentee land owners have been recorded to be targeting huge profits from the likes of the LAPSSET , where apparently new owners are compensated at the expense of locals because of selective issuance of title deeds.
There is also the issue of dissonance between the National Land Commission –NLC acquiring large tracks of land without consulting the Lamu County Government as required by law.
Lamu is a symbolic homecoming for the ANC leader because Lamu Governor IssaTimamy chose to decamp from Jubilee to ANC and stick with Mudavadi when UDF was swallowed by the Jubilee Party.
Every indication was that Timamy who hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta mid-year was willing to join Jubilee subject to Uhuru doing infrastructure projects in Lamu such as the Garsen-Mokowe road.
“Mr President, if you could ensure that this road that has been promised tarmac for fifty years is finally tarmacked, maybe then we could work together”, said Timamy then.
Timamy has since stated that he chose to stick to ANC since he would rather belong to a party that has equal regard for its members.
Timamy also pledged allegiance to the party leader Musalia saying he would rather stick with him since he had been his longtime political mentor.
Critics termed Timamy’s move as political suicide.
It would seem Mudavadi’s strategy is to consolidate his western region base as he solidifies support in Coast region; since it’s worth noting that his forays alternate between these two regions.
Mudavadi has gained a new momentum with good reception for NASA in the Coast region as he’s seen as the candidate who can dethrone Jubilee.
Notably,Musalia was also last month serenaded a Kaya elder on a whirlwind tour of Kwale and Kilifi counties where he received MCAs and strong parliamentary aspirants into ANC.