Joho, Kingi pull opposite direction over formation of Coastal party

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Governors Hassan Joho and Amason Kingi have intensified their political activities, along different lines, in relation to post 2022 political survival. Faced with retirement after ten years at the helm of their respective counties, the two leaders are now jostling for a spot inside the national kitchen where the cake is baked.

Whereas Mombasa Governor prefers fighting from within and representing interests of the region in the ODM Party, his Kilifi counterpart wants the block to cast aside ODM, for a regional outfit. Both Kingi and Joho have served their two terms in office under the ODM ticket. Hassan Joho is one of the party’s Deputy Leaders.

On Sunday, the Mombasa Governor held an exclusive five-hour meeting with top leaders from Kilifi, including MPs at his Nyali residence. According to sources, the meeting kicked off at 11 am and ended at 4 pm.

Joho’s meeting comes just two days after Amason Kingi met the leadership of Kadu Asili, Shirikisho Party of Kenya, Umoja Summit Party of Kenya, and Republican Congress of Kenya to push for the formation of a coalition of the parties.

Unlike Joho, Kingi insists the region stands a better chance with the coalition, than being in ODM. The tough stance between the two leaders has put the push for a coastal based political party in troubles.

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