Kingi outfit officially joins Raila’s Azimio camp

Kilifi County governor candidate George Kithi addresses the press at the Pamoja African Alliance office in Mombasa. With him are members of the Pamoja African Alliance. [Omondi Onyango,Standard]

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi’s Pamoja Alliance said it had started talks to officially join ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja.

Alliance leader Lucas Maitha said the party’s hierarchy had settled on Raila as their preferred presidential nomination in the Aug. 9 election.

After meeting candidates for various seats at the party’s headquarters in Nyali, Mombasa, Maitha said they will soon be announcing details of their deal with Azimio.

“We are ready to support Azimio. We will officially join it,” he said.

The Alliance, said Maitha, made their demands on Raila. “In the first 100 days of his tenure, we want Raila to review changes that have destroyed the logistics sector in Mombasa after moving some port services to Nairobi and Naivasha,” Maitha said.

The former Malindi MP said the alliance will demand that the Raila government prioritize reviving industries that have collapsed across the coastal region.

He said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, unlike other regions, has failed to fund the revitalization of Coast’s industries over the past nine years.

“We do not fold our party, nor will we support anyone who does not have our interests at heart,” he said.

Maitha said at the same time that UDA leaders William Ruto and other Kenyan Kwanza leaders had yet to reach out to her in order to reach a political agreement.

“Ruto made it clear that he was not interested in coalitions, but he has changed in recent days with Musalia Mudavadi, the ANC leader of the Amani National Congress, and Moses Wetangula, the leader of Ford-Kenya, joining the UDA “, he said.

Maitha added: “Raila has formed a committee to meet with our alliance and we will sit down and negotiate a deal.”

He said the Pamoja Alliance is a liberation organization trying to revitalize the coastal region’s economy.

Magarini MP Michael Kingi, who is also running for the Malindi governor’s seat, said Pamoja is a national party.

“The fears that it is governor Kingi’s party are not true. This is a national party that has our interests at heart. We engage our employees on how best to deal with issues that affect us,” he said.

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