I am loyal to ODM, not go­ing to Ju­bilee, says Kingi

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Kil­ifi Gover­nor Ama­son Kingi has dis­missed me­dia re­ports he has agreed to work with Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

He yes­ter­day termed un­true an ar­ti­cle in one of the dailies that sug­gested he has shifted al­le­giance from ODM to the Ju­bilee Party.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence at his of­fi­cial res­i­dence, Kingi said the news­pa­per misrepresented the facts.

“I have re­ceived sev­eral calls from peo­ple of Kil­ifi and ev­ery­one is com­plain­ing that I have be­trayed them by work­ing with a gov­ern­ment that couldn’t care less about them. I did not un­der­stand why they were say­ing this un­til I read the pa­pers. The in­for­ma­tion is very wrong and I have never dreamt of work­ing with the Ju­bilee gov­ern­ment,” he said

Kingi was ac­com­pa­nied by Kil­ifi Se­na­tor Ste­wart Madzayo and sev­eral MCAs.

Kingi said his work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the na­tional gov­ern­ment is as stip­u­lated in the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Re­la­tions Act.

“The journalist who wrote this ar­ti­cle came here to in­ter­view me and what I told him is that we have very lit­tle projects from the na­tional gov­ern­ment and they come very late. I am won­der­ing where he got all this. I have talked to him on the phone and he could not an­swer my ques­tions. What I want is an apol­ogy,” he said

Kingi has been a critic of the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion and an ar­dent fol­lower of Cord leader Raila Odinga.

A group of ODM youths in the county were plan­ning to hold a demon­stra­tion to con­demn Kingi’s de­ci­sion to ‘de­camp’ to Ju­bilee.

Kil­ifi North ODM youth leader Asili Ran­dani said the ar­ti­cle had de­mor­alised many youths “who were sure of Kingi’s firm stand on party mat­ters”.

“We have called on the gover­nor to book an ur­gent ap­point­ment over the same. We wanted to tell him off, if at all that was his de­ci­sion. We can­not al­low him to work with a gov­ern­ment that has no plans of lift­ing us from poverty. We saw him as a traitor,” he said.

Kingi said his al­le­giance to ODM still re­mains.

“Jour­nal­ists must pub­lish facts. I want to be­lieve that this was not done with an aim of dis­cred­it­ing me against other lead­ers,” he said.

Yet to be re­solved his­tor­i­cal in­jus­tices at the Coast are frus­trat­ing Ju­bilee’s ef­fort’s to win over vot­ers.

Uhuru and Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto have vis­ited the re­gion many times in search of votes and have com­mis­sioned many projects.

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