We shall turn Coast into a Jubilee zone, 6 Coast CORD rebel MPs vow
12 July 2016, 14:35
Mombasa - Coast members of Parliament allied to the Jubilee coalition in collaboration with the Kaya Council of Elders have vowed to spearhead regional unity campaigns aimed at rallying coastal locals to support the government ahead of the next polls.
In a meeting with senior elders from the six counties, the members of Parliament led by Kilifi North MP, Gideon Mung’aro said the recent survey by Ipsos which shows President Kenyatta’s approval rising reflected what the local people felt about the government ahead of the next general election.
The legislators said it is time the Coast spoke in one voice to push for recognition at the national level by resolving to work with the Jubilee government to benefit from development projects and accused CORD of making the region an opposition stronghold.
Coast Kaya council of elders chairman, Charo Menza alongside organizing secretary Vincent Mwachiro said beginning August this year, all CORD rebel MPs from the region will start a campaign to unite the region.
"We as council of elders wish to urge the Coast residents to join the government of the day so that we can benefit from development projects," said Menza who accused CORD MPs of luring coast people to oppose Jubilee administration.
The MPs include Kwale woman representative Zainab Chidzuga, Kilifi North MP Mustafa Idd, Lamu East MP Shariff Athman, Likoni MP Masoud Mwahima, Peter Shehe (Ganze) and Lungalunga MP Khatib Mwashetani.
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Mung'aro who backed the latest exit of Budalangi MP and ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba from the party urged coast CORD MPs to shift and work with the government that has already initiated mega development projects at a region with majority members from opposition.
“The rhetoric that Coast is an opposition zone is not true. Residents have seen what the government is doing thorough development projects therefore our aim is to change the region to a Jubilee zone,” said Khatib Mwashetani.
Mung’aro accused the Kilifi County government of abetting corruption by taking credit of national government projects claiming that there was nothing to show despite receiving billions of shillings from the national government every year.
The MP who has declared interest in the Kilifi governorship has come out as the one most likely to win.
He confirmed that he has been holding meetings and welcomed the elders' possible decision to go round the six counties rallying the residents to support government projects.
Kwale MP, Zainab Chidzuga said time has come for coast people to change their style of politics and ensure they are allied to the government of the day to achieve development.
She said staying in ODM was a waste of time as the party has failed to make it to power and has no capacity to bring development to the people.
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