By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
Kenya Patriots Party KPP Gubernatorial candidate for Tana River County Danson Mungatana wants electorates to elect a team of like minded leaders if they want any meaningful development in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
Mungatana said for any economic blue print to sail through at any given government level be it national or county it must have full backing of assembly members.
“It is in this regard that I urge you to elect a team of like minded Members of National or County Assembly MP’s and MCA’s respectively irrespective of their party affiliations to help achieve the economic goal” Mungatana said.
Mungatana made the remarks as he endorsed Mama Katisha Rhoda Raha who is vying for the Garsen South ward on a KADU Asili ticket.
“I have an agenda for this County and that agenda can only be realized if the county assembly members support me, that’s why I appeal as you elect me to be your next governor come August polls also do me a favor by electing leaders who will work with me harmoniously” Mungatana said.
Residents in Tana River are said to be carefully looking at every contender not to repeat the mistake of electing leaders on the influence of party politics or any kind of wave as it happened in the last general elections.
Mungatana’s team is comprised of candidates drawn from various ethnicity groups and political parties beating the six piece campaign that duped many in the previous elections.
On the senatorial seat, Mungatana is said to be working with Chama Cha Uzalendo candidate Maur Bwanamaka who is said to be fighting his wars in the corridors of justice pending clearance from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC.
Rukia Abdi Mohammed eying the women rep seat is of Somali origin while his deputy who is a former County Executive Committee CeC is from the Wardei Community.
Sources have revealed that though the former chairlady Wavinya Ndeti left the party, the wars between her and Bwanamaka are yet to come to an end.
Addressing a public rally at Egekumbi and Odha villages over the weekend the former Garsen Member of Parliament urged locals to think beyond party and religion lines and make responsible choices as choices have consequences.
He also appealed to other contenders to think about the future by not engaging in violent campaigns as they might turn to be destructive.
“Let’s campaign peaceful and not to indulge in any acts of violence because each one of us knows how volatile this area is when it comes to tribal clashes” the KPP candidate added.
Tana River suffered immensely in the tribal clashes that were witnessed some months before the country went into the 2012 general elections leaving several people dead and hundreds fleeing their homes.
He said his government will put much emphasis on enhancing lives of the locals by supporting economic activities across the county.
Mungatana said “the Watta community has been forgotten by the current government not knowing that they also deserve decent lives like any other person in the county”
He accused the Tana River Governor Hussein Dado for not setting any development project for them despite having supported him to ascend to power.
Like any other contenders he never minced his words in making any pledges where he promised to bring real change in the living standards of the Watta community.
The Watta Community are said to be truly the only indigenous Tana River people who were there even before the Pokomo came over.
Analysts say a society is only as strong as its weakest link.