A communications and media advisor at US embassy in Kenya Kazungu Katana yesterday joined the race for the Kilifi senator. race on United Democratic Forum party UDF ticket.
Katana, who will run on Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi's UDF party, announced his bid in Mombasa town yesterday. He promised to address poverty and boost education in the county.
Katana blamed poverty in Kilifi on poor leadership in the last 50 years.
"The leadership has been insensitive to people's problems and needs. People are living in poverty, there are no schools and people need leadership that will serve them," he said.
The media personality promised to address the land issues and ensure the residents get title deeds for their lands.
Kilifi is rated among the poorest counties after Kwale, which is at the Coast.
Kazungu said that he will tackle the issue of unemployment through education empowerment hence fighting poverty.
"It does not need rocket science to fight poverty in Kilifi. The main problem is that people there are not educated. This locks them out of potential jobs. We have empowered our community to end poverty," said Kazungu.
He said empowerment will be done through creation a one resource center that will see talents tapped as well artisan skills taught to the locals' for self reliance.
This adds up to the growing popularity of UDF a party allied to Deputy Prime Minister and the party's presidential hopeful Musalia Mudavadi.
Kazungu will now battle it out with other candidates like Naomi Cidi, who is an independent candidate, among others.