Tonally, Succession is best described as a comedy until it’s not, a satire that ranges from merely dark to pitch black as it continually reminds us that just because the Roys are pathetic doesn’t mean they don’t control what we watch, or how the president thinks, or whether the people working for them live or die. Much like what we’ve come to understand as political news, it’s all very funny until someone gets hurt, which happens frightfully often.
Devolution has significantly changed fiscal and administrative organization of Mombasa being one of the 47 devolved units in Kenya. It has led to changes in politics too. It has led to the emergence of new elites, the entrenchment of old ones or rebalanced power between the counties and the centre.
Historic changes in the institutional structure of Mombasa made possible by the New Constitution and subsequent 2013 devolution election has led to a new form of Mombasa politics. Devolution engendered politics slightly contributed to positive strides as it diffused biased focused to local issues, empowered local communities, brought service delivery closer to the people, rebalanced the relationship between centre and county and reduced ethnic tension and conflict.
By the beginning of the year 2021, little was said about Eng. Antony Chitavi, Former MD of Mombasa Water and Sewerage Company who is also one of the people salivating for the seat of Mombasa County Governor.
Those popularly mentioned were Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir, former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar Hassan Sarai, businessman Suleiman Shahbal and Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo.
Demographically, Mombasa is unique yet complex.
The native Mijikenda community has the most number of registered voters, followed by the Kamba, the Luo and the Luhya communities. By 2013, Mijikenda voters’ numbers were between 109,000 and 115,000. The total population of the county in 2009 was 939,370 persons of which 486,924 were male and 452,446 were female.
The total population was projected to be 1,266,358 persons in 2018 and will rise to 1,433,689 persons by 2022. By end of 2017, Mombasa had 580,223 registered voters in 934 polling stations. With these numbers, it is possible for a Mijikenda to rule Mombasa County: one of the most esteemed city county with majority dwellers being Mijikenda.
The entry of Antony Chitavi to the gubernatorial race as one of the polished professionals promise Mombasa to have a well moderated political debates able to rekindle local political responsibilities and choices that are popular to the coast and friendly to the coast person.
Antony Chitavi is currently the National Chairman of United Democratic Party. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University University of Nairobi. He worked at Mombasa water & Sanitation as the Managing Director. He also worked at
Malindi water & sewerage as the Managing Director.
Chitavi is a strong believer in desalination to solve water problems, use of Green Energy and use of technology to manage the garbage disposal menace.With his background, Eng Chitavi’s feels better placed to implement quick solutions.
While ethnicity and religion are frowned upon in politics. These will be subtly in play and Chitavi is likely to pull off a surprise on the ballot day.