Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has issued a statement thanking the ODM party and its leadership for letting him serve as its Chairperson in Kilifi, while also respecting this afternoon’s decision by Raila Odinga to replace him with Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire.
”As I respect the decision of ODM party to replace me as the Kilifi County ODM Party Chairman, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Party and more particularly the party leader the Rt Hon. Raila Odinga for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Kilifi County ODM Chairman,” Governor Kingi’s statement reads in part.
Kingi says during his tenure he steered the party to great success and made sure it became the dominant political outfit in the county. A fact confirmed during the last general election when Kilifi was the only county nationally to deliver a clean sweep for ODM.
”I hope and pray that the incoming Chair and his team will match and/or break this sterling record. I wish the Party the very best not just in Kilifi county but across the country as it prepares itself for the 2022 elections. God bless,” he’s signed out.
Speaking to a local media house on phone this morning from Mombasa, Raila says Kingi is not the first politician to run away from ODM, neither is he is the first person to betray him.
“I’m used to being backstabbed. Kingi has no solutions to the problems facing the Coastal people. I’m thinking power has gone into his head. I was popular in Kilifi long before Kingi shot to political fame. Had I not appointed him as a minister, probably no one would have known about him,” the ODM leader said.
”I have no personal problem with Kingi. If he wants to leave, he is free to do so. I have already asked ODM officials in Kilifi to ratify the decision appointing Mwambire as the interim chairperson,” he added.
Last week, two political parties with roots from the Coast were registered with an intention of uniting the region ahead of next year’s elections. One of them, Pamoja Alliance (PAA) is reportedly linked to the governor. The other party is the Kenya Democracy for Change (KDC).