The Star (Nairobi)

24 July 2014

Kenya: Kilifi Plot Political Revolt If Cord Sacks Mungaro

An alleged plan to oust Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung'aro from the National Assembly minority whip position has sparked anger among leaders in Kilifi county.

The leaders from the county have told Cord to forget support from them if Mung'aro is sacked . They gave the coalition 24 hours to revoke the plan or face rebellion from the county.

Led by Kilifi county MCA's, the leaders said Cord should not expect to get support on the referendum call from leaders in the county if the MP is removed from the position.

Speaking during a press briefing at a Kilifi Hotel on Wednesday afternoon, the leaders said it was wrong for the party to remove him from the position due to his support for the government.

"The main agenda of any political leader is development and Mung'aro as a leader has a right to support anybody so long as his people benefit," said Hassam Mohamed, the Matsangoni ward representative.

Mohamed accused Cord of tribalism and dictatorship and warned that soon the Coast region which is perceived to be an ODM zone will go against the coalition.

"Mung'aro has been able to convince the government to repossess the Kenya Cashew Nut factory in Kilifi and plans are on top gear. His support for the government has made the county benefit from many things from the government. Let Raila not lie to us so that we can lag behind in development while his area advances," he added.

The newly elected Maendeleo ya Wanawake Kilifi county chairlady Witness Tsuma said Mung'aro, as the leader of all the Coast MPs deserves respect from the coalition.

She threatened to mobilize all women in the county to rebel against the ODM party and its affiliate parties which form Cord. Former Kilifi county council chair lady Esther Kache said the reason why the coast region is still lagging behind in development is due to its support for opposition.

Kache said the region cannot work outside the government but must make sure it embraces all the projects by the government for the benefit of the electorate.

"We must not work for our parties but for the people who elected us. If ODM wants to know the power of the vote let them oust Mungaro," said Kache. Also present was the Kilifi county commerce and industry chairman Jackob Saleri and Kilifi youth leader Asili Randani.

Mung'aro's sacking was one of the agenda discussed on Tuesday during Cord's PG held at a Nairobi Hotel. Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadegu is expected to be the MP to replace Mungaro who is currently out of the country.

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