CORD “rebels” maintain their stand to work with Jubilee government

CORD “rebels” maintain their stand to work with Jubilee government

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Gideon Mung'aro (right) is greeted by President Uhuru Kenyatta during one of the events in Mombasa in a past event. FILE/ PHOTO.

Kwale, KENYA: Coast MPs considered as CORD rebels have maintained their stand to work with the jubilee government saying they have been out of the government for too long.

Led by Kilifi North Member of Parliament Gideon Mungaro, the legislators on Monday said they are not betraying the party rather they are focusing on development agenda.

Mungaro was accompanied by Lungalunga MP Khatib Mwashetani and Kwale County Women Representative Zainab Chidzuga at a fundraiser in Lungalunga town.

The three unsuccessfully campaigned for Jubilee candidate Phillip Charo in the Malindi by-election.

Mungaro who was relegated from his position as the CORD chief whip said that they were branded as betrayers because they opted to work with the government in a bid to seek development in the region.

He said they will be considering making a stand on 2017 elections on how the Coast block will be used in a coalition seeking to make the next government.

“We must be prepared as coast people and decide how we will be in government and make our demands known” he said.

Mwashetani said that they were voted not to serve parties but serve the electorate.

“To be a leader is not to stand behind the party but is to serve the mwananchi, I must work with the government so that my people can benefit” he said.

The legislator said he is ready to lose his seat if he is considered a rebel of the people who voted him.

He also took issue with Jumuiya Ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP) which seems to have gone silent after the launch in 2014.

He accused the governors of conspiring to embezzle their respective counties’ funds in the JKP agenda which he claimed it was aiming to benefit the county bosses.

On her part Chidzuga called on Kwale residents to be vigilant of characters who want to spoil the name of Muslim community by pretending to champion their agenda through militia groups.

“If you spot a new person in your neighborhood, follow up and establish who they really are. And if you have a visitor don’t hesitate to inform your neighbours” she added.