Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) deputy party leader Hassan Joho and Amani National Congress (ANC) chief Musalia Mudavadi met on Tuesday, January 3, to discuss national and regional politics.
Pundits however see it as a move by the Orange party to reach out to the newly-installed Luhya spokesman for the populous community votes.
ANC Coast Secretary General Jimmy Azangu was quoted by a section of the media saying the meeting was meant to show the Mulembe community in Mombasa that the Governor is ready to work with them.
The meeting happened even as Luhyas in the coastal county complain that they have been snubbed by Joho who has denied them key positions in his administration.
According to Azangu, the Nasa creator asked the outspoken Governor to take good care of the community’s interests.
“Mudavadi is concerned over the raw deal the community was offered by the county. Despite discussing the Nasa politics, community interest also came into play,” Azangu said as quoted by the Star.
“What the community demands is two executive slots, speaker of the county assembly and several nominated MCAs slots.”
Joho who is seeking a second term as Mombasa county’s CEO in the forthcoming General Election, and on as ODM ticket, has already declared his interest to vie for presidency come 2022.
Without going into details, Azangu revealed that Joho promised to actualise some of Mudavadi’s demands.
It is also worth noting that in 2016, the community said they might front their own candidates at the Coast if contestants do not agree to a concrete pre-election pact.
ANC national chairman Kelvin Lunani had demanded an agreement going into 2017, one that would guarantee them the Nyali MP post, speaker of the county assembly, at least two executive jobs, and six slots for nominated MCAs.
The Luhya boast about 50,000 to 60,000 votes at the Coast, that’s according to Lunani who is heading the campaign.