After maintaining a calculated silence concerning the ouster of the Kilifi governor Amason Kingi as chairman of the Orange Democratic Movement party Kilifi branch, Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has now come out to show solidarity with his Kilifi counterpart in a move that is likely to fuel rumours of a more complicated background to the flurry of activity taking place in the orange party.
While Governor Joho and Kingi have never had a clear brawl against each other, this show of camaraderie was widely unexpected especially since the Kilifi governor has now been declared as being disloyal to the party.
In a retweet by Joho who has an active Twitter account with a huge following, he shared a message that Kingi had posted earlier following his ouster from the county’s party leadership. This sharing of Kingi’s post on his timeline is done against the backdrop of the fact that the two initially worked together in the push to establish a Coastal-themed political party.
Kingi’s tweet that Joho retweeted read,
Amason J.Kingi, EGH.
As I respect the decision of ODM party to replace me as the Kilifi County ODM Party Chairman, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Party & more particularly the party leader the Rt Hon. Raila Odinga for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Kilifi County ODM Chairman
The Mombasa Governor who has also declared interest in the forthcoming presidential elections through an ODM ticket is expected to battle it out for the nomination against Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya, and the party leader, Raila Odinga.
Besides Kingi, Kakamega governor Wycliffe Oparanya has also been mired in allegations of secretly working with the deputy president William Ruto. While he has denied existence of such an arrangement, this has sown seeds of discord within the party.
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