The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mungatana Picked for Tana Governor's Post

WARRING communities in Tana Delta may have buried the hatchet after they anointed outgoing Garsen MP Danson Mungatana to vie for the Tana River County governorship.

The ceremony, known as bisa madzi (spraying of water in Pokomo language) was officiated by the Pokomo, Wardei and Ormo commuties. It was witnessed by hundreds of residents who turned up at Miembeni, in Hola, the district's headquarters.

Mungatana was first prayed for before the anointment by Christian community across Tana in a church service at Hola mission. The former MP released a five-point platform which will be key in his agenda aimed at transforming the region, boost agricultural production, increase livestock output and make the region more commercially viable.

Other projects include setting up of agri-based industries to ensure value addition, issue loans to traders for better production and enhance security.

"I know it is the government's responsibility to ensure security but if you vote for TNA, I will deliver these pledges and ensure security that has been elusive becomes a priority. This we shall do by ensuring there is cohesion. I am sure under a TNA government, we should have a security minister from this region so that the efforts can be spearheaded," said Mungatana.

Mungatana was among politicians named by CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro last week as linked to the Tana massacre that left over 200 dead. The weekend ceremony may be a sign that leaders trust Mungatana.

The ceremony was led by Wardei elders chairman Hassan Santur and Pokomo leader Omar Babo, among others.The elders were drawn from Garsen to Bura locations.

In the governors race, Mungatana will face politicians Hussein Dado, Momu Shambaro, and Dadho Godana, among others. "Some politicians tried to run against me in the past two elections and I beat them hands down, meaning they were rejected in my favour. What makes them think they will win this time ," Mungatana posed.

He said after serving in various capacities as an assistant minister, he was qualifies to be a 'small president' of the county. "Since the days of founder president Jomo Kenyatta until Mwai Kibaki, they all served in Parliament and then the Executive. We don't need to do guess work because I am the best man for this job," he said.

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