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Monday, 19 Sep 2016 16:39 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The recently launched Jubilee Party has established a regional chapter at the Coast under the leadership of ODM rebel MP Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi North) and outlined its agenda to woo voters ahead of 2017 general elections.
Hon Mung’aro hosted thousands of Jubilee Party supporters at his home in Dabaso, Watamu on Thursday. Those who attended included seven MPs, former MPs, and aspirants as they planned how to change the politics of the region.
The attention of the Jubilee Party leaders is now to embark on destabilizing the perceived ODM strongholds and persuade supporters to join Jubilee party.
The meeting saw the leaders unanimously endorse Mung’aro as the coast kingpin to take over from late cabinet minister Karisa Maitha popularly called ‘mugogo wa pwani’ (Coast kingpin). Mung’aro would also be seeking support to replace Amason Jeffa Kingi as Kilifi governor in 2017.
Those present during the launch included former Garsen MP and Jubilee gubernatorial aspirant for Tana River Danson Mungatana, Kilifi South MP Mustaffa Iddi, Ganze MP Peter Shehe, his Lungalunga counterpart Khatib Mwashetani, Kwale Women Rep Zainab Chidzuga Nominated Senators Emma Mbura and Mvita Kisasa.
Others present were former Kilifi country council chairperson Esther Kache who is vying for Kilifi North parliamentary seat, Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant Ananiah Mwaboza and vocal Watamu Member of county assembly, Ibrahim Matumbo.
More than 50 MCA aspirants from all over the region and five parliamentary aspirants were also present. All the legislators and regional leadership present also dismissed Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Jeffa Kingi over their claims that they controlled coast politics and vowed to crash them and bring them down politically.
They vowed to begin a major campaign soon to all the constituencies in the region beginning with Mombasa County’s Likoni and Kisauni which are the home turf of Joho to campaign for Jubilee.
Political temperatures were high at the meeting as the leaders vowed to work together in a structured and coordinated way to completely change the region’s politics for the better.
Supporters dressed in Jubilee party attire, and banners portraying Uhuru/Ruto and Mung’aro were all over the venue dancing and singing songs of praise for their new Kingpin of coast – Mung’aro.
During his speech Mung’aro said as leaders the journey has begun to take coast people to another level. “We have responsibility of not only development but taking the people of the region to another level, that’s why after 2013 we resolved to join the government where resolutions are made,’’ he said.
Mung’aro who is the Kilifi North MP also highlighted on the benefits the region has received since they joined the government noting they were impressive and evident all over.
He also reminded the coastal people to accept their decision to support the government like the way the late Ronald Ngala broke KADU to join KANU. “We can stay for over 150 years without bargaining power as the Coast cannot deliver alone. That is why we require constructive politics. As a region we need to plan so as to have a base,’’ he said.
Mung’aro also hit out at Joho and Kingi claiming they were jealous and had plans to join Jubilee only if he was kicked out. “If there are people who wanted to join Jubilee its Kingi and Joho, but they are bossy and jealous , they are against Mung’aro and claim that I am not fit,’’ he said.
Mungatana said the team of Jubilee in Coast was complete and its flag bearer is Mung’aro adding that it was no joke.
He explained that historically the kingpin of coast from the late Ronald Ngala, Jembe Mwakalu and Karisa Maitha hailed from Kilifi County and that’s why Mung’aro was fit for the position.
The former Assistant Minister dismissed Joho’s claims that he was Coast kingpin saying he was too young politically and covering only Mombasa. He said all Coast leaders should back Mung’aro for the gubernatorial and leadership of the region the way other regions their spokesmen.
"We joined Jubilee by choice with an agenda, opposition will not give us anything or budget for us just by mere words. Joho should wear his dress and stay at home to sleep and stop confusing us since as coast people, we want to hear one voice”, he said. The former Garsen MP said time has come to reorganize the politics of Coast.
Mr Iddi said they joined Jubilee alliance to be in government after 2017. “Being in opposition won’t help address our problems, research has shown Uhuru will retain his seat, Joho and Kingi are in opposition for their personal benefit,’’ he said.
Chidzuga and Mwashetani said opposition will not get any votes as the region was now going to vote for Jubilee. Ganze legislator said Raila and ODM will not help coastal people adding that its only Jubilee which had the agenda of the region.
After the declaration the leaders announced they would go to all constituencies with governors and MPs to garner support for the Jubilee Party.