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Kingi shuts Raila on Coast political party debate

[ODM Leader Raila (left) with Kilifi Governor Amason Jefa Kingi during Kilifi BBI rally on Wednesday. Photo/courtesy].

Kilifi Governor Amason Jefa Kingi has sent Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga into cold nerves after he openly said that Coast political party formation was unstoppable.

Kingi said there is no problem whatsoever in forming a Coast political party with an aim of uniting the region.

The Kilifi governor fearlessly teared into Raila during his Kilifi tour on Wednesday saying Coastal people are not backing down on the initiative.

While addressing a public rally in Kilifi, that aimed at popularising the Constitution Amendment Bill, 2020 famously known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), Kingi said the Coast region should have an upper hand in political bargaining tactics and not wait to be wooed and lured into certain political outfit.

“We are learned and we know what we are doing, this time round we have to get things right as Coastal people,” Governor Kingi made the remarks right in front of the ODM Party Leader.


Kingi had earlier said that before the end of March 2021, Coast will have its own political party that will advance various matters concerning all Kenyans.

“We are not against anybody and we will not ignore other parts of the country in the building of the political party, our support will come from various parts of the country,” said Kingi.

The Kilifi County governor reiterated that there is no turning back in the political initiative that directly concerns the Coastal people.

“If we look back and take stock where is Wiper Democratic Movement party’s home? Where is ANC’s home? Where is Jubilee Party’s home? We now have the UDA, why can’t we Coastal people change our political tactics?” posed Kingi.

[Kilifi Governor Amason Jefa Kingi. Photo/courtesy].

“By deliberating on Coastal unity and the formation of Coast political party, you will forget the main objective that brought you to the region, to popularise the BBI and ensure it sails through,” he told-off Raila.

He urged Raila to drop the discussion on Coast politics and focus on the Building Bridges Initiative that actually brought him to the region and also wished him well in his future political endeavors.


Odinga had earlier during his two day tour in Taita Taveta County rubbished the formation of Coat political party.

He said he built ODM with Coastal leaders and they should never at any point abandon him or the party.

“These efforts are a threat to national unity, where are you going? You can’t abandon your own house that you built and strengthen for years,” he said.

But Kingi said the Coastal political party issue will be discussed when the right time comes and not during BBI forums.