Deputy President William Ruto tour at the Coast over the weekend has seen some Opposition leaders in the region throw their weight behind him promising to form an alliance ahead of 2022 General Election.
Led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, Kilifi Woman Rep Gertrude Mbeyu and Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo affirmed their support to the DP, dealing a blow to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho presidential ambitions.
The leaders, who spoke during a rally at Majaoni in Kisauni, promised to “reward” the Deputy President if he tackles the emotive land issue at the Coast.
“We have started realigning ourselves with the right people. When someone does something good for you, you have no option but to give him/her a reward and that is what we are going to do to you come 2022 without any conditions,” said Mbogo.
Mbeyu said Ruto is the best bet for Coast region after President Uhuru Kenyatta completes his second and final term in office.“We are going to walk with Ruto until the end. He deserves a reward for tackling the squatters problem in the Coast region,” said Mbeyu.
Her sentiments were echoed by Lamu West MP Stanley Muthama, saying that this is the right time for the region to realign itself to be in the government in 2022.Kingi while speaking at a different function in Kilifi was categorical on the alliance saying it should be based on terms for the region to have its take as opposed to the culture where the region leaned on political parties without any agreement. The leaders were reacting to Ruto’s statement that Majaoni, Guu Tatu, Dagamara and Junda squatters will be issued with titles deeds.
Ruto said in 90 days, the government will issue 409 land tittles to Majaoni squatters. Coast region is a renowned Opposition stronghold and a key pillar of Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga but the recent developments have clearly proved that the DP is keen to win hearts of the local leadership and the entire voting block at large which was a hard nut to crack.