Outgoing Kilifi governor Amason Kingi has continued his onslaught against the government and the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition party.

The Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party leader and a principal in the Kenya Kwanza coalition that is led by Deputy President Dr. William Ruto is trying to dislodge the Azimio brigade in the region led by the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party after he fell out with both political formations.

He told residents of Kilifi in a parallel Madaraka day celebration he had organized that Kenya Kwanza was the only ideal political partner to be trusted by residents for agreeing to solve problems in the region that include landlessness, poverty, transfer of port operations and unemployment.

“When we sat with Kenya Kwanza we agreed in writing that every budget will have some money allocated to buy from absentee landlords and to settle the landless and that is why we should all embrace Kenya Kwanza. I was in Azimio but there was no good thing for us there that is why I joined Kenya Kwanza after they promised to bring back port operations once they are sworn in,” he said.

The governor later sneaked out of his event at the Water grounds and briefly joined County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka at Karisa Maitha grounds before returning 30 minutes later.

Kingi has been struggling to rebrand himself from being a staunch supporter of Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Presidential candidate Raila Amollo Odinga to his fiercest critic in a region that is still an ODM stronghold.

While addressing those in attendance, a section of the crowd started walking away the moment he bad-mouthed Azimio la Umjoa.

Ms. Caroline Chilango who is seeking the Kilifi Senate seat in a Amani National Congress (ANC) party thanked Kingi for joining the Kenya Kwanza coalition and asked leaders to help end the perennial land problems in the area.

“Land matters have always been used for campaign reasons and I want to appeal to leaders to ensure that a permanent solution can be found to resolve the problem and I want to thank Governor Kingi for joining hands with Ruto who has promised in writing to solve the land problem,” he said.

Her sentiments were echoed by Kilifi North MP aspirant on a PAA ticket Mr. Amani Mkare who said that large landowners had deprived most residents of their land making them destitute.

“The government will give residents land who will in turn grow crops and sell them to local schools instead of relying on a few landlords,” he said.

The Kilifi PAA governor aspirant George Kithi who also introduced his running mate said that it was only PAA that will champion for the rights of residents in collaboration with the Kenya Kwanza coalition.

“The era of boarding other people’s parties instead of nurturing ours, we have our brothers who are still stuck with parties from outside the region,” he said as he introduced his running mate Mr. Athman Seif.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of https://www.ktmn.co.ke KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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