ODM leader Raila Odinga has replaced Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi as the party’s chairperson in the county, replacing him with Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire. Media reports the decision by Mr. Odinga is over the outgoing governor’s loyalty to the party he has used to get elected to office from2007.
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,” Raila 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 Governor Kingi. The other party is the Kenya Democracy for Change (KDC).