In light of what has now clearly become a sustained and relentless push by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho to have a coastal presidential candidate, a bad situation compounded by the consequent counter-rebellion that Joho has faced from other coastal leaders pushing for a coastal party, has forced Raila Odinga’s camp to move swiftly moving in to the area to try and impose its commanding presence, and stamp out any dissenting voice.
Odinga’s tour is expected to start in Mombasa before moving to other areas.
Governor Amason Kingi has been leading an onslaught on ODM which is his party, and on Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who is his deputy party leader. The bone of contention between the two leaders is the process of formation of a Coast-based party.
While Joho is of the view that they as Coastal people deserve a chance to vie for the presidency, this should be done within ODM since it is a party in which they’ve invested so much. Kingi and the others on the other hand, believe that it’s not just simply about having a stab at the presidency, but also about forming a party which will be their platform on which to advance coastal issues.
Kingi has been holding meetings in Kwale, where he castigated Mombasa politicians for their stand of not abandoning ODM for a Coastal party which would seek to ensure that their local concerns are addressed. This statement was taken to have been aimed at Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, who said he and Mr Joho would not abandon ODM since they had invested a lot of resources in the party. The MP’s remarks seem to go against what was agreed in Taita-Taveta by the governors.
“If today I claim that I have invested so much in ODM and so I am not willing to abandon it for another party, the same will be done by Governor Salim Mvurya of Jubilee and Granton Samboja of Wiper, and thus the Coastal political unity will never materialise.,” he said.