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Sonko warned to stay off "Coastal" affairs

30 April 2014, 14:20 John Kioko

Kilifi - Political activists in Coast region have told Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko to stop meddling in the affairs of Coast counties and concentrate with his region which has more issues.

Meanwhile members of Kilifi County Assembly said that everything was at standstill until they give their stand on the issue concerning the purchase of the governors residential  house which cost tax payers KES 140 million.

Former Msambweni constituency aspiring MP Richard Osongo said that threats made by Sonko against Kilifi governor Amason Jefa Kingi are uncalled for.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday in Kwale Osongo said that the controversial purchase of  Kilifi governors’ residential house should be left to Coast leaders and electorates themselves.

In what is seen as defending the embattled governor, Osongo said their leaders should be left to be dealt with by locals and senators who have sole responsibility to do their oversight role but not outsiders.

“Coast people and leaders are not dead to be assisted by outsiders. We have senators and electorates and other organizations which are following up the matter so let Sonko keep off the issue,” he said.

Osongo claimed that Sonko was taking the issue for his own political mileage.

“What we are seeing from Sonko is someone looking for popularity because may be he want in future to vie for the countrys’ presidential post but not because he wants to help Coast people. We are telling him to get out and deal with Nairobi county issues,” he added.

The politician said that Nairobi had a lot of issues  which have never been addressed and wondered why Sonko had not finished addressing them before jumping to Kilifi.

“If he has not been able to handle his governor Evans Kidero and solve a lot of cases of corruption let him shut his mouth we know how best to handle our Coast leaders,’ he noted.

”We will be making a joint statement on the same so that Kilifi people can know our stand over the issue which has raised issues along the political divide," said Kilifi County Assembly Members led by Sabaki ward representative Edward Dele said

He said that they have been stopped some of the crucial activities and bills concerning budget until they make their statement over the issue.

Dele recently told journalists that they will not approve any budget from the governor’s office to cater for the purchase of the controversial residential house.

“For now I cannot say we are behind our governor or not but that will be known once we make our statement jointly as county assembly members,” he added.

The debate over Sonko threats to sue Kingi has also been discussed on various Facebook pages with some supporting and other opposing the issues while others strongly defended governor Kingi.

In one of Coast radio station Facebook page the issue was discussed where Kingi supporters told off Sonko saying it is not his concern.

“How is Sonko concerned about Kilifi county issue?” Mohamed Menya asked.

Amos Shikari supported Kingi although asking him to defend himself over the allegations since Kilifi people have no faith with him anymore.

“Where are the leaders who are supposed to do that job? Sonko should deal with Nairobi county issues but not coming in Coast to purport solving our issues. Kingi must come out and state the truth because we have lost faith in him,” said Shikari in his comment.

Eric Yawa and Moses Wanje supported Sonko saying that Kingi should be taken to court and face the law for misusing public funds.

“People are dying of hunger and someone is purchasing very expensive house what type of a leader is he. Go on Sonko and help Kilifi people because their leaders have been there but they never raised any alarm,” they said.

Sonko said he will sue governor Kingi on behalf of Kilifi residents saying buying of a luxurious residential with public money while residents are languishing in poverty is not fair.

Kingi has so far defended himself after appearing before the Ethic and Anti corruption officials in Mombasa.

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