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Governor Samboja hires Tanzanian musicians to spice up re-election campaigns

By Renson Mnyamwezi | October 24th 2021

Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

As the race for the top county seat gains momentum in Taita-Taveta, Governor Granton Samboja has changed tack in his campaigns to recapture the seat.

The county boss is engaging local and foreign gospel singers, including religious leaders, to spice up his vote hunt. The team has been attracting huge crowds to listen to his development agenda.

A number of aspirants have declared their interest to unseat him, including former governor John Mruttu.

Yesterday, he was accompanied by two Tanzania gospel singers William Ilima and Nkone Upendo who entertained the public in Mwatate town. 

The singers drummed up support for the governor’s re-election bid, outlining his development track record where they likened him to former Tanzania President the late John Magufuli, whom they refer to as “mchapa kazi. (A performer)”

Samboja said the singers were his longtime friends and promised the locals that many more from neighbouring countries will visit in December. Ilima said: “The governor, who is ending his first term has done a lot in development. We are likening him to our former President who did Tanzanians proud for the short period he served.”

Upendo said the governor’s political enemies will soon disintegrate. “The governor has donated motorcycles to local youth worth more than Sh2 million to help transform their lives. Locals should re-elect him so that he can complete his projects,” she said.

Samboja also rallies support for ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid. “I have joined his political bandwagon because of his’ Azimio la Umoja’, whose objective is to bring Kenyans together,” said Samboja, who was elected on a Wiper party ticket in 2017. Politicians Dan Mwazo and Andrew Mwadime, and lawyer Stephen Mwakesi are among those eyeing the seat.

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