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Joho and Kingi clash amid reports of tension in ODM

A standoff has hit the vote-rich Coastal region as factions fight for the region’s kingpin amid reports of a call to ring-fence the region and speak with one voice.

The region has recently been hit with divisions as sections of leaders allied to the Deputy President William Ruto tearing apart leading to factions and political animosity in the region.

This is after the camps allied to Mombasa Governor Ali Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi failed in a meeting to reach a middle ground on whether they should ditch the ODM party as they fashion their own new coastal outfit.

In their meeting, the two leaders agreed to secure their Coastal block of votes, and end the political intolerance between factions in the region ahead of the 2022 general elections.

Following the developments, the leaders rescheduled a second meeting for the six coastal governors slotted for February 9, 2021, in Voi and a further bigger one for all the elected leaders from the region on February 20.

Reports indicate that the long meeting was very stormy with the Governors Joho and Kingi criticized as sell-outs for their failure to give direction to the region.

“We were categorical that we cannot be ordered to follow or not to follow someone. We must consult with our people before taking such decisions,” said an MP who attended the meeting.

“It was agreed that there will be a meeting of governors in Voi to continue with the conversation that started in the Monday meeting.

The media were however not invited to the meeting as it was a ground-laying platform for the subsequent meetings to follow in the next few weeks.

“We are consulting silently as for now. That is why we did not want to engage you at this stage. When we begin consulting loudly, we will call you,” said Mr. Mwambire.

It is still not clear whether Governors Fahim Twaha of Lamu and his Kwale counterpart Salim Mvurya will attend the next Voi meeting, as the two DP Ruto allies have always avoided Joho and Kingi.

 This comes amid reports that the DP is expected in Kwale tomorrow barely a month after his last visit.

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