By The COAST Reporter
Members of the Luhya community residing in Mombasa have pledged to mobilize and campaign for the Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga.
They dismissed claims that they sharply divided among different political alliances declaring they were going for Raila in huge numbers.
They were addressing journalists in Nyali constituency on Sunday evening during an “installation” ceremony for Japheth Marine, an independent candidate for the Nyali parliamentary seat, as a Luhya elder and spokesperson of the community in Nyali.
Marine pledged to work overdrive to rally the community behind the Azimio candidate.
“We shall never again be a laughing stock that we are divided; we are united than before,” Marine said.
He added: “I will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, oppose any foe and support any friend to make this happen.”
He said that his coronation as a Luhya elder in Nyali asured him that whatever he says shall be the opinion of the community.
Marine said that the community will support azimio la umoja because the coalition is a game changer for the future of Kenya.
“We can describe Raila and Karua as liberators of this country; the two are the only leaders able to make hard decisions, even if it means losing votes for the sake of this nation,” he said.
He said they were going to hit the ground running for the campaign for Raila, as the official campaign period began on Sunday.
The community is perceived to be the fourh largest voting block in Mombasa behind the Luo.
The mijikenda top the chart followed by the Kamba.
Marine, now taking a second shot at the seat, promised to unite all communities living in Nyali.
He said as things stand, many Nyali residents were disillusioned because they elected a leader without vision.
“We cannot afford to repeat the same mistake as the people of nyali, my door shall be open to everyone,” he said.
He further called for peacefull campaigns saying that every aspirant must be free to campaign anywhere in Nyali.
He said his decison to go independet was to avoid drama witnessed in parties during party nominations.
“I decided to go independent because i didn’t want to be taken in circles. Parties have issues,” he said.
The seat has attracted 16 candidates, eight vying as independents with the other eight vying through political parties.