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Step down, Coast Cord rebels told

Monday September 22 2014

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya at Magutu Primary

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya at Magutu Primary School in Ukunda during a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of extra classes for the ECD programme in this photo taken on 22nd September 2014. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Kwale County Cord leaders supporting the referendum push have told rebel MPs to resign and seek fresh mandates from the voters.

Led by Senators Boy Juma Boy and Agnes Zani and Matuga MP Hassan Mwanyoha, Members of County Assembly said the leaders should pave the way for others to take over their seats.

Tiwi Ward MCA Omar Mwakuambirizwa accused the leaders of hypocrisy. “You cannot claim to be in Cord and yet your agenda is different from the coalition’s. Those opposed to the referendum should make up their minds and either play ball or ship out,” he said.

MCAs castigated Cord rebel MPs for inviting Jubilee leaders to hold harambees in their backyard and criticise those supporting the plebiscite.

Last weekend, Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori (ODM), Kwale County Woman Representative Zainab Chidzuga (ODM), Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani (Ford-Kenya) and Kinango’s Gonzi Rai (TNA) hosted National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale in Msambweni.

DECLARE ALLEGIANCE

But speaking during the launch of the ‘Okoa Kenya’ campaign at Maasai Grounds in Ukunda on Sunday, Mr Mwakuambirizwa asked the rebels to declare their allegiance.

He said loyal Cord leaders were tired of being fought by those within the coalition.

“Kwale MCAs are in full support of the referendum and those who think otherwise should walk out,” he said.

His sentiments were backed Ukunda Ward MCA Omar Kitengele, who accused the rebels for siding with Mr Duale when he attacked Senator Boy a week ago. The MCA said Mr Duale should show some decorum and respect when dealing with other leaders.

“If a woman is tired of her matrimonial home, she leaves peacefully. If she starts insulting her father-in-law, it is a clear indication that she is also tired of being in her marriage,” he said.

Mr Boy said opposition leaders should not support the government under the guise of fulfilling a development agenda.

“We have accepted our role as opposition leaders. What we want is for the law to be followed and not a situation where people apply double standards,” he said.