Kilifi Governor Amason Jeffa Kingi has been relieved of his Kilifi County ODM Chairperson.
However, analyst have termed the move as a ‘divide and rule’ tactic aimed at scuttling Kilifi politician and Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa’s 2022 gubernatorial bid.
Jumwa has announced her bid for the Kilifi gubernatorial bid in the August, 9, 2022 general elections.
The tactic played by ODM party according to analysts may yield nothing following Jumwa’s efforts in selling the Bottom up economic approach fronted by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) political party.
Jumwa has garnered major support in the county moving out of the ODM party with considerate number of loyal supporters.
While responding to the alleged change of guard, Kingi said “I respect the decision of the ODM party to replace me as the Kilifi County ODM Party Chairman, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the Party and more particularly, the party leader the Rt Hon. Raila Odinga, for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Kilifi County ODM Chairman for the past nine years,”
Kingi further said he has steered the party to great success and made sure that ODM became the dominant Party in the County, a fact that was confirmed during the 2017 general election when Kilifi became the only County in the Country to deliver a clean sweep for the ODM Party in all elective positions.
“I hope and pray that the incoming Chairperson and his team will match and/or break this sterling record. I wish the Party the very best not just in Kilifi County, but across the country as it prepares itself for the 2022 elections.
Kingi said he has been and will continue serving Kilifi people during his second term as Kilifi County Governor.
Change of guard
It is reported that ODM Deputy Chairperson and Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire has been appointed to take the mantle from Kingi.
Mwambire said he is not aware that Kingi has been removed as the Kilifi County ODM Chairperson.
“However, we are restructuring the party at grassroots level and whoever wants to leave the party or join the party should do it now so that we push together for better results in August, 9, 2022 general elections,” said Mr Mwambire.
He however, rubbished claims that Coast region is no longer ODM zone.
“We are very strong and we are strategising in ensuring we clinch all the top political seats in the forthcoming general elections,” noted Mr. Mwambire.
Kingi has however not left the party but will remain an ordinary member.