ODM wants Civil servants campaigning in Msambweni by-election sacked

Civil servants found participating in the Msambweni by-election political rallies should be sacked, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has said. 

With increasing fear that public servants might take party in campaigns, ODM the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to make sure that such people are sacked. 

The party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna has also called for the investigation of state officers using government resources to campaign.

“The party will not sit back and watch politicians go unpunished while violating the law. It is unconstitutional for such people to entrust with public offices to engage in politics,” he said.

His sentiments followed claims by Kwale Senator Issa Juma Boy that some county government officers have been seen campaigning contrary to the law.

“We have concrete evidence of county workers doing campaigns; let them desist from such behavior or else we shall report this,” he said.

Mr. Sifuna spoke when he met party officials in the county to drum up support for their preferred candidate Omar Boga. Mr. Boga will battle it out with other eight candidates for the parliamentary seat left vacant by the demise of the late MP Suleiman Dori.

Speaking during the meeting, Mr. Boga said his commitment will major on women empowerment, youth and create employment opportunities for the people of Msambweni.

“We will strive to bring change the people deserve in the constituency by empowering them and creating the much-needed job opportunities for the youth,” he said.

Among those Boga will compete against in the by-election include Feisal Bader, an independent candidate backed by Deputy President William Ruto.

Other independent candidates include Sharlet Mariam Akinyi, Charles Bilali and Mansury Kumara. 

Party sponsored candidates apart from Boga include Marere Wamwachai (NVP), Hassan Mwakulonda (Party for Economic Democracy), Khamis Mwakaonje (United Green Movement) and Shee Abdulrahman (Wiper).