MOMBASA senator hopeful Hassan Omar has warned some leaders in the region not to count on their wealth to win them elective positions.
Omar said some leaders are still living in the past where those with massive wealth used to influence the governance of an area.
The former KHRC vice chairman said the ongoing reforms have raised the bar in accountability the era of influencing top police officers not investigate cases is long gone.
"Mombasa is today being run by a handful of people who think they are above the law. Wealth is no defense today. If the son of the Kenyatta family is on his way to the Hague, who says they can be protected by their wealth?" posed Omar.
He was speaking after attending a New Year party organised by a youth group in Mtongwe on Tuesday. The human rights activist said he has the qualification to become the first Mombasa senator.
He challenged his opponents to match their CV with the positions they are going for. "The position of senator has four main roles which I believe my qualifications make me fit for the job. This is a job application that I am making to the people of Mombasa," said Omar.
Omar, who is running on an ODM ticket, faces competition fellow ODM member Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe, Mvita MP Najib Balala, and former Kisauni MP the late Karisa Maitha's widow Alice, among others.