Exclusive With Rishad Amana Lamu West MP Aspirant

By John Kariuki

Rishad Amana is a parliamentary aspirant for Lamu West Constituency and is vying under the United Democratic Alliance UDA Party ticket.

A seasoned politician, businessman and leader, Mr Rishad tirelessly fought for multiparty democracy at a time when doing so was forbidden.

 “Since the struggle for independence, Lamu has been grappling with deliberate misapplication of laws and policies, purposive subversion of land administration processes, and illegal pre-independence treaties. It’s time to end this.”

His Manifesto is domiciled under four key points of uplifting tourism, streamlining the fishing industry, agriculture & livestock.

“We can achieve a lot if we gear our efforts in the four key thematic areas. For example if we can boost the fishing industry, we don’t have to import food. We can be self sufficient and even export the excess abroad. Lamu can be a major export hub like it used to be. It’s paramount to equip farmers with basic inputs such as seeds and fertilizers.

Under the pillar of tourism, this can give us a big catch. This key sector has ripple effect to all other sectors of the economy and consequently spur economic growth of our region. Our economy will shape up if we uplift the sector and work in synergy with other sectors.

The other key area of focus is LAPSET. This is indeed geared towards making Lamu the investment hub for the greater Eastern Africa region. It will also be the gateway therefore creating a lot of employment especially for the youths .

On the perennial issue of insecurity in Lamu, Mr Rishad said that he will work closely with the national government under whose docket security falls. He reiterated that security has to be owned up by the community itself so that it can work hand in hand with the authorities to weed out the criminal elements.

Mr Rashid also noted that Since the struggle for independence, Lamu has been grappling with deliberate misapplication of laws and policies, purposive subversion of land administration processes, and illegal pre-independence treaties. It’s time to end this.

“Why is Mudavadi with his Amani National Congress giving chance to someone with a questionable past in terms of land misappropriation? This person (Abu Kassim Ahmed) has a criminal record who should not be allowed to vie? He is the architect of a land cartel that benefited from more than 500,000 hectares of our land in Lamu? This should not happen because he is likely spoil my votes and that of Governor Issa Timamy”Finally, on the Ninth August Mr Rishad, the incoming Member of Parliament for Lamu West urged the people of Lamu West to make the right decision because it will be binding for the next five years.

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