Forget winning votes in Coast, Kingi tells Jubilee

Political temperatures rise as Coast region becomes battle ground ahead of 2017.

Wednesday January 6 2016

Kilifi governor Amason Kingi (right) flanked by nominated MCA Kingi Ngombo congratulate Charles Kombe Kuze, 15, an orphan from Baraka Children's Home in Mwakirunge who scored a total of 432 marks. The governor announced a four-year scholarship for the pupil. PHOTOS| KAZUNGU SAMUEL| NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kilifi governor Amason Kingi (right) flanked by nominated MCA Kingi Ngombo congratulate Charles Kombe Kuze, 15, an orphan from Baraka Children's Home in Mwakirunge who scored a total of 432 marks. The governor announced a four-year scholarship for the pupil. PHOTOS| KAZUNGU SAMUEL| NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By SAMUEL KAZUNGU
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Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has told Jubilee to forget about winning votes at the Coast because the region is an opposition Cord zone.

At a news conference in his office Tuesday, Mr Kingi who is also the county’s ODM chairman, claimed that the Jubilee leadership had little support in the region, which is why the party’s leadership has been criss-crossing the region to woo the people to join its new outfit.

“This is Coast and the force of the Cord dominance will be measured not only in the 2017 General Elections but beginning with the Malindi by-election which ODM will win. That, I can assure you,” said Mr Kingi.

He described as uncalled for, the call by Deputy President William Ruto to Coast people to join Jubilee Party saying “the region is not desperate to join it.”

On Saturday, Mr Ruto addressed the county’s opinion leaders at Pwani University where he said the region stood to benefit if it joined Jubilee which he said would win in the next elections.

FOREGONE STORY

“In the 2013 elections we formed the government without you people but that is a foregone story. I want you to join now so that we can form the 2017 government together,” said the Deputy President.

But Tuesday, governor Kingi dismissed the statement.

“They have at long last discovered that Coast has the much needed vote and that is why they are always coming here. We are not desperate. The region knows well which political party can take care of their interests and that party is ODM which is an affiliate of Cord,” said Mr Kingi.

The governor said he would travel to the ODM secretariat in Nairobi this week to plan how the party will conduct its nomination for the Malindi by-election.

He said the Kilifi ODM branch was yet to settle on a candidate.

SEEK LEGAL REDRESS

Mr Kingi also said that Cord would seek a legal redress in connection with statements made at the Pwani University meeting by Jubilee politician Suleiman Shahbal to the effect that Jubilee would win the 2017 General Election by all means-even if it meant buying or stealing votes.

“Tutashinda uchaguzi wa 2017 na hata kama tutaiba ama kununua kura hilo tutafanya (We shall win the 2017 general elections even if it means  buying or stealing the vote, that we shall do,” said Mr Shahbal.

A video showing the Mombasa politician and businessman making the controversial remarks has gone viral.
Said Mr Kingi: “We have the tapes and we shall send them to the relevant government investigating agencies. It is unfortunate that such a leader would stand in front of a crowd and brag of theft and vote buying. ”

He added: “We are not taking that statement lightly. He may have talked of stealing in 2017 general elections but who knows, they may start even with the  Malindi by election because they have sensed an early defeat.”