The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday March 3, 2021 called on political leaders from coastal region to slow down their intentions to form a coast regional party.
While commenting on the matter, the former Prime Minister acknowledged that Kenya is a multi-party democracy and that there is need to have national political parties that will unite this country.
“Kenya is a multi-party democracy and we want to have national political parties that will unite this country. Regional political outfits will only serve to divide,” Raila stated.
The ODM leader also said that it was in the best interest of coastal region leaders to handle certain issues as a bloc.
“The leaders have a right to speak about regional politics and issues that are dear to them because Kenya is a democratic country. If you have seen there is economic bloc that brings together counties around Lake Victoria. There is another for Mt Kenya. However, I advise them to be careful not to segregate the region from the rest of the country,” Raila added.
This come as plans are underway for a formation of new political outfit for the coast region that could be unveiled in June 2021.
According to some political analyst, Governors Amason Kingi (Kilifi) and his Mombasa counterpart Hassan Ali Joho could ditch ODM for the regional outfit ahead of the 2022 General Election.
The two politicians had warned that the Coastal region should stop being over-reliant on parties from other regions adding that time has come for the coast residents to board one political vehicle to champion for their issues.
“Coast region should stop being over-reliant on parties from other regions. I want to assure the coast people that, come June, we shall have our own outfit that will be used to spearhead the region’s political agenda,” Kingi said.