Kilifi governor Amason Kingi interrupted his own speech with quite an interesting analogy during a rally in Kilifi. He asked the crowd if they had seen his landlord who had been in the area recently, and very angry.
At first, the confused crowd couldn’t tell who exactly their governor was talking about. As far as they’re concerned, their governor doesn’t live in a rental house, so the idea of a landlord does not arise.
However, as Kingi went on, it became more and more clear that he was talking about his party leader, and the house he was referring to, was the costal party which he intends to start.
He said that people have been asking him why, for fifteen years, he has been comfortably settled in ODM, but now, all over sudden, he wants to move out and start his own party. What is so urgent? What is the need?
He then went on to say that indeed, it is true he has been in ODM for that long, but finding fault in his desire to suddenly move is similar to a person who has lived in a rental house for so long being told that he can’t build his house and move out, simply because he has been a tenant for so long.
He said that coastal people have been tenants in other people’s houses for so long but it had come a time where he was now ready to build his people a house which they would own, referring to a party for coastal people.
Also in attendance was Malindi member of parliament, Aisha Jumwa, who cautioned Kingi against those she said were simply just trying to trick him, saying they were the same people leading Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho on, pushing him to run for the presidency but while in ODM.
Nominated Senator Christine Zawadi promised to back Kingi and stand by him if he at all goes ahead with his plans to form a coastal party.
It is worth noting that ODM party leader Raila Odinga was last week at the coast in an effort to try and contain a push that has seen the area leaders agitate for a more pronounced political role in the country, something that has been seen to threaten ODM’s superiority in the area.