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My life is in danger, says Kwale Deputy Governor

A  man  demonstrates how  to use Jiko Okoa  in Kinondo  ward in Msambweni, Kwale County on Thursday July 11, 2019. Photo by KNA.
The Kwale Deputy Governor, Fatuma Achani (in the middle) surrounded by Galu villager while issuing traditional attires to dancer groups in Msambweni, Kwale County on Thursday July 11, 2019. Photo by KNA.
The Kwale Deputy Governor, Fatuma Achani (right) issuing a certificate to a Galu resident within Kinondo ward after being trained on how to make Jiko Okoa. Photo by KNA.

The  Kwale County Deputy Governor (DG), Fatuma  Achani  has raised an alarm that her life was in danger following a series of insecurity acts that have confronted her while in the line of duty.

Early March this year, the DG had also claimed that her life was at risk following accusations by Kinango MP, Benjamin  Tayari  that  she had stolen Sh.2 billion meant for the proposed Mwache multipurpose dam.

Ms. Achani said she has raised the number of her bodyguards whenever she goes for fear of being attacked by goons alleged to have been mobilized by some Members of County Assembly (MCAs) opposed to her leadership style.

“There are people with bad motive who are after me. Last incident I remember when I went to Mwamivi launching a dispensary project, a Nissan full of thugs came in wanting to harm me and the master mind of the whole thing is an area MCA. That is why I have to walk with many bodyguards,” said Achani.

She  said  the latest  incident  was  when  County Education Executive, Mangale  Chiforomodo  was  attacked in the morning in his office by a section of MCAs threatening to wrestle him down simply because he is her close ally.

“If people can attempt to knock on someone’s office and intimidate a whole CEC for championing county projects points to the daring nature of those opposed to the county administration,” she said.

The DG condemned the attack on the county education minister, terming it an ugly and unfortunate incident.

Achani said all the threats made against her were meant to intimidate her and scare local women from venturing into leadership positions.

The two term DG serving under Governor Salim Mvurya said she was planning to contest for the gubernatorial seat in 2022.

The DG described herself as a model for women in leadership, saying she has set the bar for women to take up leadership positions not just in Kwale, but in the country.

She however, called upon residents to remain vigilant and observe peace and security.

“Let’s be our brother’s keeper, work together and coexist harmoniously for the sake of progress,” she said.

Ms. Achani was speaking while launching eco-friendly ‘Jiko Okoa’ initiative, issuance of certificates and giving out cultural attires to various traditional dancing groups in Kinondo ward in Msambweni Sub County on Thursday.

By  Shaban  Omar/Hussein Abdullahi

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