Nyali Member of Parliament Mohammed Ali has refuted claims that he has shifted his allegiance to the ruling Jubilee Party after he attended President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rally in Mombasa on Monday.
In a statement issued Monday evening, Ali explained that he attended the Jubilee rally held in his constituency as a show of respect to the Presidency and to show that political differences can be set aside for the sake of voters interests.
“Given the political tension in the country right now, my decision to attend President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rally as MP for Nyali was a difficult one to make, but I chose to attend it, and give the Office of the President its due respect,” stated the first-time MP, also known as Moha Jicho Pevu.
“I welcomed the President to my constituency to remind him of that, just as I will remind the former Prime Minister should I get the opportunity to do so, the lives of our people, indeed, the soul of this country, is of far greater importance than whatever enmity the two men, and their parties seem to have for one another.”
The former KTN investigative journalist stated that though he disagrees with the Jubilee government’s policies he had to attend the event to push for the interests of his constituents.
“I hope that perhaps, in welcoming a man and a party whose policies I personally disagree with, shows the public that politics is important, but that their lives are more important. As an Independent Member of Parliament, my responsibility is first and foremost to the people of Nyali, who elected me.
“As I did on the campaign trail, I say that I will work with all people whose core interest is to develop Nyali, and make this constituency the envy of this county,” the first-time MP stated.
Moha Jicho Pevu successfully vied as an Independent candidate after losing out on the ODM Party ticket in a nomination exercise he claimed was rigged to his rival’s favour.
Ali has been an ardent critic of the Jubilee administration and has in the past expressed strong support for the Raila Odinga-led National Super Alliance.