By Rachael Kavumbi & Mwakwaya Raymond Mwakwaya
Fresh attempts to change the political stand for the Coast region seem to be gearing up few months after the golden handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga.
Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka and Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa are now luring Kilifi governor Amason Kingi to jump ship to the ruling part Jubilee.
Speaking in Malindi on Saturday, Lusaka said there is need for politicians to join the ruling party to realize meaningful development initiatives in their areas of jurisdiction.
“I want to ask you to build a political partnership with the ruling party that’s how your people will benefit from the National government” said the speaker.
Lusaka cautioned the locals to be wise enough not to be left out due to political party stands that cannot deliver anything to them.
“Though we respect the wish of our political leaders but I think there is also need to balance between politics and development” Lusaka added.
He said he would now be languishing in poverty had he not joined Jubilee party and he wants Kilifi people also to follow suit so as to join the ruling party and reap what he termed as political goodies.
On her part Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa was diplomatic enough and thought it wise to say her mind though a Giryiama song.
Jumwa led the crowd to sing the song which she said was purposely meant for the governor who was not present at the women fundraiser.
She said “I know you have a song for governor Kingi and I want to join you as we sing it so that he may get to know of our stand wherever he might be”
(Namala fugaluzwee Kingi, namala fugaluzwee, kala kundafungaluza Kingi wee vina faidha yani…..we want to be changed Kingi.. We want to be changed and if we won’t be changed then what benefit is there…)
The crowd burst into joy as they sang through the song which was meant for their governor while his young brother Magarini MP Michael Kingi listened attentively.
However the MP had earlier indicated that though there are several interactions between different politicians from different political parties that should not mean they have already joined Jubilee.
“Soon we shall give a way forward on which political party we should join but I can assure you that we shall have our own political party before joining any political wing” King said
Kilifi Nominated senator Christine Zawadi stressed the point of joining the ruling party saying she’s already reaping benefits.
“Though Jubilee Party did not win any political seat in this region am happy because I was nominated as a member of the senate courtesy of the ruling party” the first time senator said.
Meanwhile speaker Lusaka assured Kenyans that devolution is there to stay adding that the county governments will be full strengthened.
“I want to assure you that we cannot do away with devolution, so whoever thinks that such a thing will happen must be in slumber” the former govern noted
The speaker also challenged women to embrace the table banking so as to combat poverty and change their lifestyle.
Over 1,300 members across the County have so far enrolled themselves in the table banking initiative and will now benefit from Kshs 7,627,000 million raised at the fundraiser.
The table banking was started way back by the deputy president’s wife Rachael Ruto.