Coast MPs defend their own over house minority chief whip post.

Coast MPs defend their own over house minority chief whip post.

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A section of CORD members of parliament from the Coast on Wednesday opposed the call by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, CORD, leadership to replace Kilifi North mp Gideon Mung’aro as minority chief whip  in parliament.

Led by Mvita mp Abdul Swamad Sharrif Nassir and Kilifi South mp Mustafa Idi, the mps asserted that they won’t accept calls by CORD leadership to endorse a different name of an mp to be the chief whip, terming it unfair.

Swamad said it was improper for CORD leaders to call mps to endorse a name without giving Mung’aro a chance to be heard over allegations against him.

“Mung’aro has every right to be heard and the decision made yesterday was unlawful and discriminatory,” Swamad said.

They said that if there was failure in leadership in the house, then it encompassed everybody in leadership and merely an individual.

“Minority chief whip was not a favour, we earned it by our numbers in the national assembly,’’Swamad said, flanked by other Coast mps including Kisauni’s Rashid Bezimba and Likoni’s Masoud Mwahima among others.

Kilifi South mp Mustafa Idi insisted they would not allow what he described as arm-twisting in the CORD party, and that they had agreed to endorse Mung’aro’s name again.

“We will endorse the very name of Mung’aro again, if the party decides otherwise it is up to them,’’ Idi said.

Mung’aro has been accused by the CORD leadership of contributing to the party’s poor performance in parliament.