Kamukunji Parliamentary hopeful Alinur Mohamed has expressed disapproval of the decision by the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance to zone Nairobi in order to identify territories where parties under its umbrella will field candidates.
Taking to Twitter on Thursday Mohamed, who was seeking to contest for the seat at the August polls under an ODM ticket, rued the zoning strategy labelling it a threat to democracy since many aspirants will be locked out of the August General Election as a result.
Following Azimio’s move, incumbent Kamukunji MP Yussuf Hassan of the Jubilee Party will defend the seat in the August polls. “Unfortunately, Kamukunji Constituency has been zoned for the Jubilee Party making it impossible for the people of Kamukunji to have the leader of their choice. This is very painful, this is frustrating and it is a threat to our democracy,” Alinur tweeted.
He likewise lamented that investments he poured into his campaigns have seemingly gone down the drain, despite efforts to sell his manifesto to the people of Kamukunji for the past four years.
“I have been campaigning for the last four years, selling my agenda to the people and doing lots of activities to change lives in Kamukunji Constituency. I have sold my property worth millions of shillings and used the money to campaign just to ensure my dream of serving,” he said.
Mohamed is however yet to announce whether he will contest for the seat on an independent ticket despite his supporters urging him to take that route.
Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper party has however gone against Azimio’s zoning directive by issuing nomination certificates to seven candidates who will contest for MP seats in Nairobi, in a move that will disrupt Azimio’s votes in the City.
They are: incumbent Embakasi South MP Julius Mawathe, Joash Omwenga (Embakasi East), Baba Ndege (Dagoretti North), Ben Milai (Mathare), Tabitha Mutero (Kasarani), Fred Akech (Makadara), and Mohamad Nur (Kamukunji).