The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Balala Can't Be URP-TNA Chief in Coast - Kazungu

Medical Services assistant minister Kazungu Kambi has threatened to lead Coast MPs out of the pre-election coalition talks between TNA and URP after reports that Mvita MP Najib Balala is set to become coalition's pointman at the Coast.

Kambi said though the reports have not been substantiated, the Mijikenda and Muslim communities in the region are not ready to be led by Balala.

"We are not ready to work with Balala as our leader. Where was he when we were fighting to form our URP party?" posed Kambi at a press conference in a Mombasa hotel yesterday.

When contacted, Balala declined to comment on the issue saying he had not heard Kambi speak. "I cannot comment on the issue before I hear what he said," said Balala.

His personal assistant Benedict Furaha said they are not aware of any plans to make Balala the Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta's and Eldoret North MP William's pointman at the Coast.

Balala travelled to Bujumbura, Burundi alongside Uhuru, Ruto, Justice Minister Eugene Wamalwa and Water minister Charity Ngilu earlier this week.

Balala, Wamalwa and Ngilu have joined the pact that would see them support the TNA-URP team that seeks to beat Prime Minister Raila Odinga to the presidency next year.

Yesterday, Kambi described Balala as a 'joyrider' adding that the Mijikenda community will not allow themselves to play second fiddle to anyone.

"He has seen that the ugali is ready and now he wants in," said the legislator. He said he was speaking on behalf of the Coast people, the Mijikenda, the Muslims and the Arabs at the Coast.

The Kaloleni MP said the Mijikenda community is ready to trade in their plight but not ready to work with Balala as their leader. "We choose our own leaders. We give Uhuru and Ruto our own leaders...Uhuru should not assume that he can bring any leader to lead us," he said.

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