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Jubilee to join CORD MPs in anti-referendum campaigns

30 September 2014, 14:20 Mbungu Harrison

Mombasa - Coastal leaders allied to the Jubilee coalition have vowed join rebel CORD MPs in anti-referendum campaigns even as the opposition leader Raila Odinga continues to push for the Okoa Kenya initiative in the region.

Two Jubilee groups - one led by former Likoni MP Suleiman Shakombo and the other composed of 2013 election losers and led by Abdalla Mwaruwa - have publicly criticized the opposition for putting the country at election mood at a time when Kenyans needed to focus on development.

The opposition leader, who over the weekend continued with his Okoa Kenya campaigns at Msambweni, is now faced with a tough battle to regroup his soldiers and push for the plebiscite after most of coastal leaders snubbed his campaigns when he toured the coast.

Shakombo on Saturday criticized the rebel MPs who are against the call for referendum saying that they were seeking recognition from the Jubilee government, a move that was rejected by the other group saying they would welcome any group with agenda similar to that of Jubilee.

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Speaking separately, the two groups have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to instill proper party machinery to Jubilee leaders in the coast to counter the referendum calls by Raila Odinga.

“We have noted with concern that TNA, which is led by the President, has absolutely no machinery in the coast to keep the party burning. We have never had the opportunity to discuss party operations since we lost the election,” claimed Mwaruwa.

The leaders from all coastal counties now claim President Uhuru Kenyatta has disowned them even after contributing to the 50+1 vote in the last general election where Kenyatta defeated CORD leader, Raila Odinga.

“Since the March 2013 general election, it's one and half years without hearing from the National party officials and the TNA party leader, President Kenyatta,” said Benson Munyithya.

The opposition leader on Sunday and Monday took his Okoa Kenya campaigns to the coastal region to woo residents to support the poll.

He said the referendum was meant to end ethnic bias in resource allocation, and bring resources closer to the people accusing Jubilee government of trying to sabotage devolution.

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