Jubilee Alliance Party candidate for the Malindi by-election Philip Charo mounted aggressive campaigns for the seat Saturday, as his ODM rival's supporters plan to resume vote hunting Sunday after a week's break.
Addressing a rally at Kasufini, Mr Charo pledged to ensure the government works with residents to end the many problems plaguing the constituency.
“That is why we need to make proper decisions while voting in order to make a better tomorrow so that we may enjoy the fruits of the government,” he said.
The Jubilee campaign team in Malindi is led by a group of MPs from the Coast including ODM rebel Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi North), Gonzi Rai (Kinango MP), Khatib Mwashetani (Kilifi South), Naomi Shaban (Taita), Peter Shehe (Ganze), Kwale Woman Representative Zainab Chidzuga, and several members of county assemblies.
Mr Charo vowed to address unemployment, delayed issuance of identity cards and title deeds, insisting that only by working with the government could the problems be solved.
“Do not be misled by party politics since there is no day a citizen will get help from a political party…today 1,350 youths have been enrolled to NYS jobs, boreholes will be drilled in every ward and education facilities improved,” said the Jubilee candidate.
Meanwhile, the ODM camp resumes vote hunting Sunday after a week’s break in a three-pronged strategy led by Governor’s Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Amason Kingi (Kilifi), and Kilifi Woman Representative Aisha Jumwa.
A campaign committee member of the ODM candidate Mr William Mtengo said that the Opposition had divided the constituency into three zones each of which will be manned by Mr Joho, Mr Kingi and Ms Jumwa.
Kakuyuni Ward MCA and ODM committee member Mr Nixon Mramba said that Governor Joho will be in charge of Shella and Malindi Town Wards that are predominantly Swahili, Governor Kingi will lead campaigns in Ganda Ward from where both the ODM and Jubilee candidate Philip Charo come from, while Ms Jumwa will take care of Jilore and Lango Baya Wards.
“We have come up with this strategy in order to reach every corner of the constituency to campaign for our party and candidate. We are convinced that victory will be ours”, he told the Nation during an interview in Malindi on Friday.
The Oppositions campaign trail went into a lull immediately after candidates were cleared and issued with certificates by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on February 8 and 9.
Cord principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang'ula addressed a rally at Ngala grounds after the exercise but left immediately after.
Governors Joho and Kingi who had been leading the campaign for Mr Mtengo also travelled to Nairobi leaving Jubilee’s candidate Mr Charo alone in the campaign trail.
The Malindi by-election has shaped itself into a two-horse race pitting the ODM and Jubilee candidates. However, five other candidates are also in the race.
The other candidates include Mr David Mangi (Shirikisho Party of Kenya), Mr Reuben Katana (Kadu-Asili), Mr Ali Attas Shariff (Labour Party of Kenya), Mr Peter Ponda (Chama cha Uzalendo) and Mr Nelson Gunga (Federal Party of Kenya).
Two candidates Mr Farhan Mohamed of Maendeleo Democratic Party and Mr Ahmed Maamun Ali of Agenda Party of Kenya (APK) withdrew from the race before reaching the IEBC hurdle.