By Joel Mzanta
Four politicians have been cleared for the Lamu County gubernatorial race.
This follows clearance of the former deputy Governor Mr Eric Mugo of Martha Karua’s party Narc Kenya.
He is going to face his former boss Mr Issa Timamy who is running on a UDA ticket, The Safina Party’s Umra Omar and the incumbent Mr Fahim Twaha of Jubilee.
Mr Mugo who was the latest to be cleared stated that he had what it takes to lead the County.
He said he decided to run further stated that his decision to run after relentless calls by youths who have seen his development records.
The 45 year old politician further said that he is running as the “youths’ candidate”.
He claimed the two front runners have had their day and performed below public expectations.
“It is the belief of my supporters who cut across all the communities living in Lamu, who prompted me to run for the governor’s seat,” Mugo said.
He further noted that his experiences as a former deputy governor will further aid him in his quest to be the next Lamu governor, adding that he already knows where the gaps are and what needs to be addressed.
He promised to improve the scholarship and bursary programme in Lamu, stating that the marks need to be reduced from 300 marks upto 250 marks in order for the policy to make a difference.
“Apart from education, there is also a need to pull in specialist doctors whom the two governors have not been able to rope in in order to make a difference in the healthcare sector,” Mugo stated.
He feels the number of referrals to Mombasa are still too high.
“My tenure will be marked by increased job creation especially with the coming of the Lamu Port which offers a host of opportunities to rope in investors, who can and will offer jobs to hundreds of qualified youth in Lamu,” the Narc Kenya gubernatorial candidate said.
He vowed that his first budget as the governor will be to ensure that all the incomplete projects from both regimes are fully funded and completed.
His running mate Dickon Phondo, who also spoke to the media at Lamu Fort said their ticket is the one to beat based on their diversity and youthfulness.
Phondo noted that their candidature is based on the need to provide services to all Lamu residents regardless of tribe or ethnicity.