uesday, January 12, 2021 –Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi have finally succumbed to pressure to form their regional political party ahead of 2022.
The two top Orange Democratic Movement ODM leaders from the Coastal Region have, according to The Daily Nation, declared their intentions to dump Raila Odinga’s ODM for their own.
The publication reported on Tuesday January 12th that the ODM Deputy Party leader in support of Kingi made the announcements separately signaling the fall of ODM at the Coast.
The duo have been instrumental ODM figures in Mombasa and their ditching of the party for another will leave Raila severely punctured.
Joho’s woes in ODM escalated when he failed to rally his supporters in Msambweni to win the parliamentary seat which was taken away by the less known William Ruto man Feisal Bader who is now the Member of Parliament.
The loss weakened Joho’s stamina in ODM Party with some sections calling for his removal citing betrayal. They argued that the Governor intentionally picked on the wrong candidate so that the party could lose and surely it lost.
Other sources however claim that Joho and Kingi’s new declarations are informed by William Ruto’s inroads in their area. That due to this, they now have to craft a quick game plan that would see them lock Ruto and his Coastal cronies(Aisha Jumwa and Mohammed Ali) out of the region early in time.
Joho while speaking about the state of politics at the Coast last Saturday noted that their region was ripe with enough votes that can count nationally and therefore a need to have their own arrangements without being lured by outsiders. He spoke this in reference to the DP emerging forces in the area who are hellbent on silencing him indirectly.
— Hon. Aisha Jumwa, Malindi MP. (@HonJumwa) January 12, 2021
His sentiments were supported separately by Mr. Kingi who declared that the region will have a party by June.
“Coast region should stop being over-reliant on parties from other regions. I want to assure the Coast people that, come June, we shall have our own outfit that will be used to spearhead the region’s political agenda,” said Mr Kingi.
He seized the opportunity to warn those fighting the Coastal leadership that their days were now numbered.