Governors Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Salim Mvurya (Kwale), and Hassan Joho ( Mombasa) are meeting this week to discuss the Coast region’s 2022 political direction ahead of Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja tour.
Whereas Governor Amason Kingi is championing for his new PAA outfit and Governor Joho is pushing his presidential bid inside ODM, Kwale boss Salim Mvurya has not openly expressed his political preference.
Speaking over the weekend in Taveta, Governor Joho said they are rallying local leaders to first be united and they are keen on working with the region’s political parties to ensure they are on the negotiating table.
“I am negotiating a 2022 formula that will be announced soon to stop any plans by any party to infiltrate the region that has over the years supported the ODM party and its leader Raila Odinga. The scramble for over two million votes in Coast will be determined by our unity and I will work with all like-minded leaders here and at the national level to deliver this,” Governor Joho said during the burial of Henrietta Shako, a relative of Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja.
”We are negotiating on behalf of the region. We must decide to either remain followers or be counted in the national political arena. Let no one lie to you that we are destined to be mere followers, we want one of our own in State House in future. It’s important to be in the middle of the conversation; in decision making and setting up of the Memorandum of Understanding. We must do things that will earn this region the respect it deserves,” he added.
Whereas Governor Joho is leading the region’s anti-DP onslaught within ODM, his Kilifi counterpart is believed to be using the Pamoja Africa Alliance (PAA) to lockout UDA from infiltrating the region, which has traditionally voted for Mr. Odinga.