The former Mombasa Senator cited personal reasons
On Thursday, September 7, Wiper Party Secretary General Hassan Omar resigned from the political outfit.
Omar who lost in his quest to become the Governor of Mombasa in the August 8 poll, also said he will not campaign for the National Super Alliance (Nasa) chief Raila Odinga in the forthcoming repeat presidential elections set for October 17 citing personal reasons.
Wiper Executive Director Jared Siso confirmed yesterday that Omar indeed resigned but was quick to add that the move will not create any leadership vacuum in the Kalonzo Musyoka-led party.
“We have two validly elected officials who deputised Mr Omar and so they will take his responsibilities immediately,” the Nation quoted Siso.
The two deputies who will perform the former SG’s duties are Wiper nominated Senator Judith Sijeny and ex-East Africa Legislative Assembly member Peter Mathuki.
The director said Wiper’s National Executive Council will soon gather to find a replacement for the vocal former Mombasa Senator.
In his resignation letter sent directly to Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka on September 6, the trained lawyer gave several reasons for quitting the party including pursuing justice in the Mombasa gubernatorial election, furthering his studies and reorganising his political career.
“My endeavour towards scholarship, personal development and repositioning the discourse for social justice and accountability in Mombasa and the coast region through non-state actors makes my position as Secretary General untenable,” Omar said in the letter.
The former Senator also reaffirmed an earlier stand he made before the August 8 elections that he would not serve in a Nasa government, even if the coalition won the polls.
“You will indeed recall that way before the August 8 General Election I made it clear to you and the Rt. Honourable Raila Odinga that I bear no desire to serve in your government in the event that you were elected and I was not elected Governor of Mombasa for deep-rooted personal reasons that I will one day share,” he said.
He went on to add that he will he will neither play any part in the campaigns for the repeat polls scheduled for October 17.
“As such, it is unlikely that I will play any part in your 17th October Presidential quest, but nonetheless, I most sincerely wish you the very best,” he noted.
Omar has however not revealed whether he has or will ditch the party altogether. He lost the Mombasa gubernatorial race to incumbent Hassan Joho.