Raila’s 2022 State House bid gets the backing of Mombasa elders

Raila’s 2022 State House bid gets the backing of Mombasa elders

  • Over 10,000 elders from Mvita, Changamwe, Likoni, Jomvu, Nyali, and Nyali Sub-Counties signed what was dubbed "the Mombasa Declaration" at the Sheikh Khalifa Hall in Mombasa town, saying that only Raila Odinga represents the interests of the people of the Coast.

Elders from all the six Sub-Counties of Mombasa County on Sunday resolved to rally the communities living in the county behind ODM Leader Raila Odinga who is making his fifth attempt in 2022, seeking to become Kenya fifth president. 

Over 10,000 elders from Mvita, Changamwe, Likoni, Jomvu, Nyali, and Nyali Sub-Counties unanimously agreed in  what was dubbed "the Mombasa Declaration" at the Sheikh Khalifa Hall in Mombasa town, saying that only Raila Odinga represents the interests of the people of the Coast.

They offered to support him towards realizing his ambition of becoming President of Kenya after President Uhuru's term ends in 2022.

The elders claimed that the ODM leader has long advocated for Coastal people's rights, particularly devolution, which they claim has helped resolve some of the region's long-standing issues, such as landlessness and marginalization.

Raila, in response to the elder's resolution, stated that the issues confronting the region are unique, and that they can only be resolved by someone who understands them.

“This is a region blessed with many natural resources, we want the people of the Coast to benefit from them and build their economy and that of the country”, he said.

Squatters, he said, have been a thorn in the flesh for many years, dating back to independence.

He lauded the Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta for working hard to resolve the predicament. 

 “If elected President to succeed him, I will pick from where he would have left to ensure the people of this region suffer no more, it is the responsibility the government to ensure all Kenyans live a good life and share the National cake equally” he added.

The ODM leader stated that his goal is to ensure that every child receives a high-quality education, and that he will collaborate with experts to ensure that Universal Free Education is implemented to the highest level possible.

“It is doable. And with proper management of resources and bringing an end to corruption, we can achieve this” he said. 

The ODM leader also addressed health issues, expressing regret that people are still being held in hospitals due to a lack of funds to pay for their treatment. He said his administration will seek to end that fixing the health sector.

 “We have the vision, the will and the solution to this problem. Expectant mothers will no longer have to walk for long distances to bring new life in the world, we have to fix our health sector and the time is now” he said. 

Raila said the people of the region can gain from the waters of the Indian Ocean saying that through tourism, many young people can get employment opportunities to earn a living.

 “That is why we are talking about the blue economy, and we have to make good use of the natural resources available here to build our economy and create more employment opportunities” he added. 

At the same time, he called on Kenyans to embrace unity saying no country can prosper when its citizens are disunited.

 “Unity is what I will continue preaching. We have to live one another regardless of our political differences” he said.

Governor Joho, the convener of the meeting, said he will be working closely with other leaders from the Coast region with the aim of preaching unity among the locals.

 “As the people of Mombasa, we are fully behind you (Mr. Odinga) and we shall extend this to other parts of the region” he said. 

Joho said Mr. Odinga has stood with the people of the region, fought for their rights and championed for their needs at all costs in both instances while in opposition and government

“Raila understands our issues more than any other person because he has mastered the art of learning and understanding the problems facing Kenyans and given a chance he will solve them” Governor John said. 

Mvita MP Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir said the people of Mombasa County were fully behind Raila’s bid. 

He assured the ODM leader tha as local leaders they would cross cross all parts of the county and beyond popularizing his bid. 

“We want Raila to be our 5th President and we have to walk the talk by telling people the truth about him”, he said. 

Other leaders present included the MPs Mishi Mboko (Likoni), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe) Badi Twalib (Jomvu) and Islamic Preacher Sheikh Juma Ngao among others.

latest stories