Kenya: Woman Rep Readies to Unseat Malindi MP

About three months after the Malindi by-election, Kilifi Woman Representative Aisha Jumwa has begun campaigns to oust the new MP Willy Mtengo in next year’s General Election.

Ms Jumwa says her political friendship with Mr Mtengo ended after he was sworn in as Malindi MP in March and has now asked him to prepare for a major challenge in the constituency’s seat.

Ms Jumwa, also of ODM, who campaigned for Mr Mtengo during the heated by-election warned that the situation would be different.

“I gave Mr Mtengo the chance to win the by-election because we all belong to ODM and we wanted the party to defeat Jubilee alliance,” she said, adding, “this time we are going to face each other one on one”.

Ms Jumwa spoke when she delivered teachers’ furniture at Gahaleni Primary School in Malindi.

She told Mr Mtengo to prepare for a tough battle.

“In the recent by-elections, Mr Mtengo received backing from Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi among other leaders who had one vision of retaining the ODM seat,” she said.

Mr Mtengo beat Jubilee’s Philip Charo in a bruising by-election. The seat fell vacant after former MP Dan Kazungu was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary for Mining.

Ms Jumwa said that everyone will be alone in the 2017 poll to campaign independently without any external forces.

“Mr Mtengo did not struggle to win the seat and just got it on a silver plate,” she said, adding that “this time Mr Joho and Kingi will not be present to help him in the campaigns”.

After the by-election, there has been no live lost between Ms Jumwa and Mr Mtengo and the two have had harsh words for each other at public events in the constituency.

Mr Mtengo’s supporters have been accusing Ms Jumwa of reportedly undermining the MP. But Ms Jumwa accuses Mtengo of failing to deliver his promises to the people.

“The MP has done nothing constructive since he took office but I am going to spare him to enable him work until next year,” she said.

She said: “If he has the courage, let him challenge me head on in next year’s election.”

Ms Jumwa, in what seemed to be a strategy for political mileage, repeated these statements at Kakoneni during the donation of a Sh500,000 cheque to Jilore Youth Development initiative and Motorbikes to Kenya Primary School Heads Association.

Since his election, Mr Mtengo’s supporters say he has been busy on the ground trying to work on his development agenda.

They also say he has been tackling issues on education, security and empowerment of youth and women in the constituency.

Source: The Nation.