Defiant Minister tells Coast politicians to stop fearing MRC
10 October 2012, 12:28
Political leaders garnering political posts in the Coast region have been urged to stop fearing MRC and educate locals on the negative effects of boycotting general election.
Addressing mourners during the burial ceremony of former Malindi politician Timothy Kaingu at Jilore location in Malindi district on Saturday, Minister for Fisheries development Amason Jefa Kingi said Coast leaders have given a blind eye the issue of Mombasa Republican Council group urging locals to boycott election.
"The whole Coast region am the only leader who have remained vocal on issues of MRC trying to tell locals as much as we are singing the same tune with the secessionist group in terms of historical injustices boycotting election will not give us an answer," said Kingi.
He said all coast leaders have feared to discuss issues of MRC in their campaigns noting that residents need leaders who tell them the truth instead of misleading them and regret later.
Kingi who recently escaped unhurt when machetes wielding youths raided his campaign rally at Mtomwondoni in Kilifi district where his body guard was killed as he guarded him from the youths who targeted him, said election boycott, burning of IDs and voters cards will only increase coast problems.
"Historical injustices, unemployment, land issues and resources problems that face this region will be solved by electorates by electing their leader failure which greedy and corrupt leaders will take control and misuses everything in the coming county governments," he advised.
Kingi urged coast people to ignore MRC call to boycott election and instead register as voters in large numbers without fear in order to elect leaders of their choice who will put in consideration their problems at the county levels.
He warned youths to avoid being misused by some people who fear fighting for their rights and instead use them to do so taking advantage of unemployment problem facing youths.
"We know there is outside force which is pressurizing youths in this region and so we are telling them that they should come out themselves and speak openly what they want," noted the Minister with concerns.
The minister said locals should differentiate between Coast region and 10 miles Coastal strip agreement that was made between Zanzibar government, Kenya and Colonial government.
In the agreement Kingi said Mijikenda were not part of it adding that it is only 10 mile strips which are equivalent to 38 kilometers from the sea shores and not Coast region as members of MRC have put it local to believe.
"Only Sultann of Zanzibar can complain over the issue of 10 miles strip and not mijikenda as they are doing now according to history. So those who thing they can use our youths due to lack of jobs to fight for their own rights they should come out clearly," asserted Kingi.
The Minister who has been mingling with locals during his campaign rallies his movements were minimal with security surrounding him during the burial ceremony and wherever he was going after Mtwapa brutal attack.
At Jilore General Service Unit officers were guarding hiding in nearby bush few meters from where the minister was as another group of security youths guarding him at the podium inspecting whoever approached the podium for security purposes.
Kingi said if there is any politician who was behind Mtwapa attack fearing his extensive village to village campaigns he or she should be warned that the minister had done nothing so far.
"I have not even started by campaign so if there is any politician shaken by my early campaigns he should wait to see more when i start campaigning. They should know that leadership of Kilifi County can not be taken through killing opponents or violence but by demonstrating to voters that you are capable of leading them," he noted.
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