As the race for 2022 hits up with political realignments witnessed across the country as parties hit top gear on ring-fencing their strongholds Coastal area is in the spotlight.
The region has in the recent past been a battlefield for political big names with Deputy President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga fighting for the control of chunks of the coastal votes ahead of 2022.
it culminated into the former premier pitching tent in the region in a post- morterm to digest the aftermath of the Msambweni by-elections following a humiliating loss of the party’s preferred candidate.
This is after Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi endeared his Mombasa counterpart Ali Hassan Joho that he is on the verge of leading Coastal politicians into forming a new political outfit.
The revelation comes just days after the ODM Deputy Party chairman Joho differed with the Coastal rebels accusing them of disunity and divisions in the region.
“Formation of a new political party will only serve to divide the people further and undermine the unity that the region has enjoyed in ODM and which has enabled them to push our agenda as a united region on the national stage,” Joho stated.
Kingi was talking during the burial of former Kaloleni Member of Parliament Gunga Mwinga in the company of Malindi legislator Aisha Jumwa, and his Kilifi North counterpart Owen Baya who backed his proposal.
“The people in the region are tired of being treated like second class citizens during every poll and we demand to be recognized as we have more than 1.7 million registered voters.
“I thank Coastal leaders for not attending the United Democratic Alliance launch. Coast will not be used to fill the baskets of others,” he stated.
The leaders called for the unity of the coastal people ahead of the 2022 general elections as they command a substantial chunk of registered voters.
The governor gave out a five months window period within which to chat the new political path.
The Coastal area has recently experienced political turmoil with area kingpin up for grabs, with both Joho and Kingi having an interest in the Presidency.
This comes just days after governor Joho recently held a consultative meeting with the coastal residents days after Raila pitched a tent in Diani.