Jubilee officials distance themselves from alleged Shahbal utterances

Jubilee Party Mombasa branch officials have disowned ‘utterances’ attributed to Mombasa gubernatorial loser, Suleiman Shahbal that jubilee will form the next government through fair or foul means.

In a speech that has widely been circulated in social media, Shahbal who last year defected from the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) to Jubilee is heard telling cheering supporters in Kilifi county that it would be hard for the opposition to dislodge jubilee because ‘we will use all resources at our disposal, including rigging and vote buying’.

Led by Jubilee coalition Mombasa coordinator, Ali Mwitsau, the branch officials and members accused Shahbal of ‘driving a different agenda’ and described his rhetoric as ‘poisonous and unhelpful’.

“Shahbal seems to have a different agenda from the jubilee coalition and we don’t want to speculate on what he wants by such reckless statements”, said Mwitsau.

He said since his defection Shahbal has allegedly been sowing divisions in the party’s branch leadership.

Ms. Bizena Swaleh a women’s representative lashed out at Shahbal for holding a series of JP meetings without involving them despite being bona-fide office bearers.

She said the jubilee coalition was stronger in the coast region before the defection of Shahbal and former Changamwe MP, Ramadhan Kajembe to the party.

Swaleh said the inclusion of the two has created divisions and have hijacked regional party affairs.

She said such unhelpful utterances would make efforts to popularize the ruling coalition and upstage Cord untenable .

Ms. Swaleh said they had been optimistic that with the defection of Shahbal and Kajembe the party would be stronger but expressed regrs that the duo has instead caused divisions.

They said Shahbal who could not be reached for comment as he is said to be out of the country has assumed the role of party spokesman in the region, adding that he was running the party in a dictatorial manner.

By Hussein Abdullahi