The Kisauni Member of National Assembly, Ali Mbogo on Tuesday donated 40 fish storage boxes to women fish traders in Kidongo Village in Kisauni Mombasa.
Through the Kisauni National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF), Mbogo also empowered the women with 400 litres of cooking oil to be used in preservation efforts in their delicate fish mongering business.
Speaking during the empowerment drive at the Kidongo Beach Management Unit in Bamburi ward, Mbogo said the Kidongo Beach Management Unit was in leadership manifesto during his campaigns and this was the time to deliver on his promises.
He commended local leaders of the beach management saying women had particularly been left out after the county government of Mombasa bought boats for the fishermen leaving behind the women who are vital in the fishing food chain and beach management efforts.
“Men fetch the fish from the ocean while women sell them so I saw the need to empower these women to be equally empowered as men thus the need to factor their needs in the beach management,” said Hon. Mbogo.
He said he looks forward to providing freezers and nets to the fishermen to compliment the efforts of the county government of Mombasa under Governor Hassan Joho.
“I’ve listened and heard your voice as women of Mombasa, this journey began some time back when we discussed of Kidongo Beach management unit, provision of freezers among other things,” he said adding that the fish business depends on women when we go fishing we distribute to them where the fish ends up in every plate in Mombasa and the region.
He said the fishermen welcome the idea to help their wives since the husbands want the best of their women.
The MP defended his performance record saying he oversaw the issuance of 3600 title deeds to locals recently among others.
The MP expressed his interest to vie for the Mombasa gubernatorial seat come 2022 calling on the Kisauni residents impacted by his development and life changing projects to share with the entire county since he has proven himself a reliable leader.
“We cannot win governorship from Kadongo village alone. Bring on board others people you meet,” pleaded the incumbent Kisauni Member of Parliament.
By Joseph Kamolo