Campaigns for Changamwe parliamentary seat in Mombasa county have intensified ahead of the 2022 general election. The seat is currently held by Omar Mwinyi of ODM.
In view of the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines by the government on gatherings, aspirants eyeing the seat have resorted to the use of various platforms including social media, to reach out to targeted audiences, and market themselves. It has since emerged that Joshua Kiminza, a pastor is to be fronted as a single candidate from the Kamba community whom the seat has eluded many times in spite of the community commanding majority votes in the constituency. The late Kennedy Kiliku was the last Kamba to win the seat in 1992 general election.“We command nearly 60 pc of the Changamwe constituency vote, but due to lack of unity among ourselves, we have become a laughing stock of other communities. But we are determined to change this narrative in 2022 and that is why we have begun early,” said Gideon Maluki from Akamba handcraft.
Kiminza whose elder brother was MP for Mutomo is being marketed by those in the informal sector in the area who say as a pastor, he is unlikely to betray them once elected to parliament. The Kamba in the constituency claim they have been discriminated against by the sitting MP in terms of bursary allocations, employment and CDF projects. Kiminza, it is whispered, has begun bringing the community together and inspiring hope to those who think it is impossible to elect one of their own in the constituency. As of 2017 general election, the constituency had 86,331 voters spread across the five electoral wards namely Port Reitz, Kipevu, Airport, Changamwe and Chaani.