Hassan Omar Dumps Wiper, to Contest Joho’s Re-election

Former Mombasa Senator and gubernatorial aspirant Hassan Omar has criticized his former party, Wiper Democratic Movement, and its leadership, terming it as weak. In a televised press briefing from Mombasa, he said that Wiper’s leadership is “weak, meek, unfocused and fluid.”


He also said that he was unsure whether Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka supported him or Joho in the August elections. Mr. Omar made the remarks as he vowed to challenge Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho’s re-election. He said that Joho was not validly elected and that the truth will eventually catch up with him.

In an unprecedented move, Omar openly and defiantly criticized his party leader saying that it is difficult to know what Mr. Kalonzo stands for. Omar wondered if Mr. Kalonzo takes them (Wiper politicians) for fools when he goes ahead to meet people opposed to the party.

Omar resigned from Wiper Party last week, citing weak leadership and lack of direction. In today’s briefing, he reiterated that he will not be re-joining the political outfit. Interestingly, Mr. Omar was the party’s Secretary General, leading critics to point out that he has no moral authority to critique a leadership he was part of. Fellow Wiper leaders also criticized his failure to deliver votes in the contentious August election.

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The former Senator had earlier stated that he will not be supporting Raila Odinga’s bid for presidency in the repeat polls scheduled to take place on 17th October. The move has elicited mixed reactions as some pundits believe the former senator may be headed for Jubilee. However, Omar has not yet revealed which party he is set to join though he said already knows which one to join.

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