Kilifi ODM politicians publicly expressed their differences over DP William Ruto’s presidential ambition.
While speaking during the burial ceremony of Justus Mwanyanje, the father of Kilifi Woman Representative Getrude Mbeyu, Magarini MP Michael Kingi accused his colleagues of allowing themselves to be torn apart by teams “Kieleweke” and “Tangatanga”.
“Leaders are spending much time preaching unity of the Coast region. And the desire of residents is to see it happen in reality,” said Mr Kingi.
He cited Kieleweke and Tangatanga movement as the prime division for the people of Kilifi.
The Magarini lawmaker said Kilifi was waiting for Governor Amason Kingi to blow the whistle to show the way for the rest of the region.
Kilifi North MP Owen Baya accused his Ganze counter part Teddy Mwambire of betraying the people of Kilifi and that voters would punish him.Mr Mwambire, who is the team Kieleweke leader in Kilifi, does not associate with pro-Ruto ODM MPs like Baya and is closer to Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho.
Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga refused to associate himself with DP William Ruto, creating an animosity between him and the DP’s Coast allies.
“I want to tell my fellow MPs from Kilifi that Mijikenda are 80 per cent of the Coast population… and they reside in Kilifi. When it comes to national and regional politics, Kilifi will decide where Coast people will go and that is not something to bargain,” said Mr Baya.
Governor Kingi accused the politicians of engaging in early 2022 campaigns, which had moved them away from their role to fight for the interests of the people who elected them.
“Teams Kieleweke and Tangatanga have come out to be the greatest enemies of development. Everywhere they go they attack each other, even in churches,” said Mr Kingi.
During the 2017 General Election, with Governor Kingi as the lead campaigner, ODM scooped all parliamentary seats in the county.
The Governor further criticised Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa’s public conduct in her dispute with ODM.
According to the governor, Ms Jumwa’s public altercation with ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna in Malindi on Friday portrayed her in bad light and did not advance her arguments and defence against the party.
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