By The COAST Reporter
Matuga MP Kassim Sawa Tandaza has urged locals and Kenyans at large to vote in only development minded leaders in the coming elections.
Speaking in Lamu on Thursday June 18, the legislator who is defending his Matuga seat for a second term stated that his development track record stands for itself.
This, he said, explains why he was voted in as the best MP at the County Gala Awards ceremony held in Mombasa recently.
“During my first term as MP I have backed the Cash Crop Ammendment Bill that seeks to revive bixa, cashenut and coconut farming. Those are indigenous crops in the coast that if properly revived could reduce poverty in the region,” he stated.
He further noted that his sponsoring of the Cash Crop Ammendment Bill has already been passed in Parliament and would enable cash crop farming to be revived at the Coast.
“Coastal people are in dire need of opportunities especially in the cash crop farming sector like tea, coffee and flower farming, which in other parts of the country, seems to be doing well due to government subsidies and funding,” the MP said.
Be added that his stab at the second term would be to ensure that the Act is fully implemented.
He further said once reelected he would be seeking the addition of funds to the Constituency Development Fund by way of increasing the Equalization Fund allocation for regions that have long been marginalized.
“Large areas such as Lamu, Kilifi and Kwale are in dire need of the Equalization Fund to be increased to enable us reach other areas in terms of infrastructure development with the rest of the country,” he said.
Tandaza further expressed confidence that his development track record would enable his reelection which he said has been free from political rhetoric.
He urged political aspirants to maintain peace ahead of the August 9 polls which he further called on the IEBC to ensure that they are free and fair.