In Summary

  • Nyali legislator accuses Wiper Party leadership of trying to block him from facing secretary general in the primaries.
  • Wiper Party officials endorsed Secretary General Mr Hassan Omar for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat.
  • Mr Awiti dismissed the endorsement of Mr Omar by some party officials on Monday as undemocratic and an act of cowardice.
  • Wiper Party officials argued that Mr Omar has the right qualifications, leadership qualities and integrity needed for the governor's seat.

The battle between Mombasa Senator Mr Hassan Omar and and Nyali MP Hezron Awiti took a new twist on Monday after Wiper Party officials endorsed Mr Omar for the gubernatorial seat in the August polls.

Mr Awiti, who is the Wiper Democratic Party Treasurer, has accused the party hierarchy of trying to block him from facing the party's Secretary General Mr Omar in the party primaries.

Mr Awiti dismissed the endorsement of Mr Omar by some party officials on Monday for the governor's seat as undemocratic and an act of cowardice.

“They have been planning to lock me out of Wiper (Party) and out of the Mombasa gubernatorial race. But let me tell them that no one can stop Awiti. I am in the race,” he said on phone on Monday.

WATCHING THEIR STEPS

The Nyali legislator said that he will not be cowed by anyone in his ambition to vie for the seat.

Mr Awiti said that he will prove to the public who is stronger between him and Mr Omar by holding “big meetings” which will bring together many aspirants who support him.

“I have been watching their steps and I am organising myself with a plan 'B'. They have decided to block me (from contesting) after all that I have done for the Wiper party – the sacrifices I have made to popularise the party. But I can assure them I will not be brought down by anybody,” Mr Awiti said.

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