Candidates in Msambweni by-election engage high gear ahead of Tuesday’s date

Written By: Nicholas Kigondu/Mengistu Alemayehu

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As the Msambweni parliamentary by-election campaign enters home stretch, candidates in the fray are scaling up public engagements and making final efforts to woo voters.

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Political parties and their candidates are out in their holding door to door campaigns as they seek to turn the tide in their favour.

OD’s Omar Boga and Independent candidate Feisal Bader, who are the frontrunners in the parliamentary race, have intensified their campaigns in recent days.

Others in the race are Charles Bilali (Independent), Marere Wamwachai (National Vision Party), Hassan Mwakulonda (Party of Economic Democracy), Mahmoud Sheikh (Wiper Party) and Khamis Mwakaonje (United Green Movement) and Mansury Kumaka (Independent).

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The campaigns for the ODM nominee are spearheaded by Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi while that of the independent candidate is led by Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya.

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Boga accompanied by Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi and Likoni MP Mishi Mboko and her Rabai counterpart William Kamoti pitched tent in Nganje area of Ramisi ward.

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Governor Kingi urged the voters to back the ODM flag bearer in the impending mini polls.

He asked the electorate to ignore politicians carrying out baseless mudslinging propaganda and also refrain from being misguided.

Kingi said Boga remains the ‘best bet’ for the constituency saying as a former civic leader he has the political experience to bring development to the poll area.

MPs Mishi Mboko and William Kamoti have asked the electorate not to gamble with their votes and elect an independent candidate who will not be able to achieve much for the people without party and state machinery.

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The Msambweni parliamentary seat fell vacant after the death of area MP Suleiman Dori in March.

Msambweni is one of the four constituencies in Kwale county, others being Lunga-Lunga, Matuga, and Kinango.

In the 2017 general election the constituency had 69,377 registered voters spread in the four wards of Ramisi, Kinondo, Bongwe-Gombato and Ukunda.

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