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Mombasa mayor earns new term

Updated Friday, July 3rd 2009 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Ngumbao Kithi

Mayor Ahmed Abubakar Mohdhar of Mombasa has been re-elected unopposed during a hurried election.

His deputy John Mcharo also retained his position while several councillors were retained as committee chairmen.

Mombasa Municipal Council has 44 councillors.

Mombasa Town Clerk Tubman Otieno (left) and newly-sworn in Mayor Abubakar Mohdhar at the Town Hall, Thursday.. [PHOTOs: Govedi Asutsa/STANDARD]

The only loser in the polls was finance committee chairman Suleiman Gharib who was replaced with Councillor Maimuna Waziri.

Mr Mohdhar said the unity in the mayoral polls in Mombasa was an example to be followed in the country.

He said: "Mombasa being an ODM zone, the mayoral poll has shown how unity can make sure right candidates take up leadership in Kenya".

Mayor’s pledges

Mohdhar promised to upgrade the coastal city to the status of Dubai.

"I have one vision! To help make Mombasa the Dubai of Kenya with adequate infrastructure and provision of services as priorities," the mayor said.

Among his successes in the management of Mombasa, Mohdhar said council staff has received salaries without hiccups.

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