Governor Amason Kingi of Kilifi has been removed as the county’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) chairperson.
Whens.co.ke learned that Kingi had been fired from his position and that Ganze Member of Parliament Teddy Mwambire had been appointed in his place.
According to Citizen Digital, Governor Kingi was removed from his position due to what was described as disloyalty to the party.
Kilifi County’s leader has been advocating for the formation of a coastal political party.
“We’re looking for a political party with roots in the coastal region. If it’s a party or a coalition, there won’t be any candidates from the coastal region; instead, candidates from Nyanza, Western, and even Central will run “He went on to explain.
Mwambire had previously stated that the ODM party had a solid support base in Kilifi. Politicians who wished to leave the party should do so before the 2022 General Election.
Kingi declared his intentions in January 2021, stating that he would lead the coastal region into a new political outfit. A group of leaders from the coastal region joined the governor in supporting the idea.
“The people of the region are tired of being treated as second-class citizens during every election,” the governor said. “We demand to be recognized because we have over 1.7 million registered voters.”
“I appreciate that coastal leaders did not attend the launch of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA). Coast won’t be used to fill other people’s baskets “The Governor remarked.
He also set a five-month deadline for forming a new political party, which would expire in June 2021.
Kingi’s efforts were thwarted when three political parties refused to merge favoring a single coastal political party.
Following the failed merger, ODM leader Raila Odinga advised Kingi to abandon his plans to form a Coast-based party or coalition of parties and return to the orange party, according to the Standard.