Land matters to dominate campaigns in LamuUpdated Thursday, December 27th 2012 at 00:00 GMT +3
By Awadh Babo
The battle to control Lamu’s rich resources has provided a volatile incendiary to the county’s political campaigns ahead of the forthcoming General Election.
Three aspirants are eyeing the governor’s position in Lamu County, an island with a cosmopolitan population that throws the political contest wide open.
Two of the contestants—Lamu West MP Fahim Twaha and Mr Issa Timamy, a long-serving head of the National Museums of Kenya—have had a long-standing rivalry.
Mr Swaleh Imu, an engineer who served as the Electricity Generation Manager at KenGen, is the other contender.
None of the three aspirants have named a running mate yet.
The county, where construction of one of Vision 2030’s flagship projects, the Lamu port, is underway, has provided a fertile hunting ground for votes, even for presidential hopefuls.
Key presidential aspirants have made exploratory forays in Lamu, especially at Mpeketoni, underlining the strategic interest of this remote region to their campaigns.
Famous for the Lamu cultural festival and exciting donkey races, competition for the position of governor is heating up.
Historically, the indigenous people are the Bajuni (farmers and fishermen), Boni (hunters and gatherers), Wa Amu (farmers and traders), Giriama (farmers), Wasanye (hunters and gatherers) and Orma/Wakore who are pastoralists.
However, the establishment of settlement schemes on the mainland after independence transformed the county into a cosmopolitan region. And with an estimated population of 101,539, the cosmopolitan composition throws the political contest wide open since no single ethnic community is large enough to wield a majority vote.
- Kenya Ports Authority managers panic as probe into employment scandal intensifies
- Debate rages on creation of shipping jobs in Kenya
- Form Three student jailed for 12 years over terror-related crimes
- Team to deal with El Nino emergencies in Coast region formed
- Locals decry unplanned structures in Voi town
Welcome to Lamu County
Location: Located in the northern coast. It borders Garissa to the north, The Indian Ocean to the south and south east and Tana River County to the south west and west.
Surface area: 6,273.1km2
Population: 101,539 with a density of 16 people per km2
Capital: Lamu town (proposed)
Constituencies (2010): Lamu East and Lamu West
Registered voters: 51,830
Key national monuments: Boni-Dodori National Reserve, Lamu museum, Lamu Fort, Siyu Fort, Takwa Ruins, Swahili House, German Post Office, Lamu Old Town and Kiunga Marine National Reserve
Poverty level: 31.6 per cent
Resources: Wildlife, livestock, water and tourist attraction sites
Tourist Attractions: National Monuments, Pate Ruins, Manda Island, Maton
1Teachers protest call to end strike, vow never to 'waste time again' Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) top officials yesterday came face to face with the...
2Wrath of teachers as unions call off strike It was a day of renewed hope for students, relief for parents, victory for the government ...
3'World's biggest snake' has been discovered A new contender for the title of world's biggest snake has been discovered....
4Mourinho: 'If you want to sack me, sack me' Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admitted that he risked the sack after a 3-1 home defeat by ...
5You're not special any more, Mourinho is told If, as former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said, a week is a long time in pol...
1You're not special any more, Mourinho is told If, as former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said, a week is a long time in politics, fou...
2BOBBY WILLIAMSON: ‘STARS WILL BOUNCE BACK’ FeverPitch: There is so much talk about your salary being too much given the fact that results tell ...
3‘POLLS WILL BE CREDIBLE’: FKF Electoral boards launched, assure candidates of fairness The Football Kenya Federation Elections and Appeals boards have pledged to uphold integrity, fairnes...
4Anti-doping lobbyists raid bogus clinics Athletics Kenya’s ban on two athletes on Thursday came barely a day after various clinics were...
5Clinton gets endorsement of largest U.S. labor union U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, who has been vying with challenger Bernie...
1In Kenya, it’s women who pay my bills My first visit to Kenya was around June 2005. Since then, I have been to the country several times...
2Did Diamond Platnumz's partner Zari sleep with her ex-husband’s pal? Lawrence then shared a WhatsApp screen shot of Zari begging him for money and he also offered Sh4 mi...
3Release me from prison, 91-year-old Kakamega man pleads A 91-year-old inmate at Kakamega main prison has asked to be set free because he has “no energ...
4Nyeri women love for boda boda ‘ride’: Vibrations it emits leaves them highly aroused Most men have banned their wives, girlfriends, sisters and even daughters from riding on motorbikes...
5Alive and Kicking: How woman died and resurrected on Facebook New photos resembling those of the lady who was claimed by a local daily to have committed suicide h...