Kilifi, KENYA: Kilifi North Member of Parliament Gideon Mung’aro has rubbished claims that he has lost popularity in Kilifi County since Jubilee lost the Malindi Parliamentary seat by-election.
Mung’aro said the by-election was never a litmus test for his political strength as the nearing general election will see him vie for gubernatorial seat as per his earlier declaration.
Addressing the public on Tuesday at Kilifi primary school during a ceremony meant to officially open classrooms and wall fences, Mung’aro warned CORD leaders not to be too contented with the Malindi-by election.
“Some of the CORD leaders have been spreading rumors that I am politically finished. Let me tell them that time is coming for us to battle at the ballot and see who is who.” said Mung’aro said.
He added that he and his team supported Philip Charo because he was the only best candidate they would support and had no other better candidate in the region worthy of their support.
Philip Charo lost the seat with more than nine thousand votes just six thousand votes adrift of the total votes of the winner William Baraka Mtengo.
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The margin is said to be a big achievement by the CORD coalition and is an indication that there will be a tough battle in 2017.
This comes just days after some coastal leaders thrashed Mung’aro saying he is fighting devolution, a move that was fought for for many years in the country.