Fisheries Development Minister Amason Kingi has appealed to members of Mombasa Republican Council to join Coast residents in developing the region.
Speaking during a meeting with leaders of Kauma community in Ganze District on Friday, Mr Kingi said that the only way for the region to reclaim its lost glory was for leaders and locals to unite and work towards achieving a common goal.
“The grievances given to the government by the group are problems facing the people but secession and fighting is not the solution,” he said.
He said some selfish leaders were out to exploit the MRC issue, hoping to gain politically— a move he said was doomed to fail.
He said the Constitution has avenues for solving problems facing the region and urged locals, especially MRC members, not to boycott the coming polls.
Mr Kingi, who is eyeing the Kilifi gubernatorial seat, urged locals to register in large numbers so that they can elect the leaders they want.
His sentiments were echoed by The Reverend John Mwambire of Anglican Church, Kilifi Parish, who said problems facing Coast residents had been worsened by the government’s lack of commitment to tackle them.
He said locals with qualification ought to be considered for positions in government departments, so that they do not feel merginalised.
“If you go to other regions, locals occupy majority positions in district offices but it is the vice versa in Coast Province,” he said.
He said the region has enough graduates to work in government offices.