Battle for 2017 Kilifi gubernatorial seat heats up as Deputy governor joins...

Battle for 2017 Kilifi gubernatorial seat heats up as Deputy governor joins the race

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Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi addressing journalists at his office. Left is Kakuyuni MCA Nixon Muramba and right is Nominated MCA Kingi Ngombo. FILE/ PHOTO

Kilifi, KENYA: A tough contest is expected in Kilifi County governorship race come 2017 general elections, as more candidates declare interest; latest one being the deputy governor.

Kilifi county deputy governor Kenneth Kamto is the recent candidate to declare interest in the seat  and t is reported that he will be vying for the seat using  a Kadu Asili ticket.

Analysts though say the battle is expected to be a two horse race between the incumbent Governor Amason Kingi and Kilifi North Mp Gideon Mung’aro.

Recently, Kadu Asili party leader Gunga Mwinga said the party has no plans to merge with any of the said two coalitions CORD and Jubilee, as it boasts having various candidates of the governor’s position in the likes of Kenneth Kamto, former Ganze Mp. Francis Baya and Michael Tinga.

“We have our own interested candidates for the governor’s position who want to vie on a Kadu Asili ticket and we will conduct our nominations free and fair,” Mwinga was quoted saying in Mnarani Club during a press conference.

However, Deputy Governor Kenneth Kamto who is believed to have bad blood with governor Kingi in their leadership; has not come out clearly to declare the party  he will use during the 2017 general elections.

But Kamto believes he can make it through to state house following the said downfall of ODM’s possible flag bearer Amason Kingi’s support in Kaloleni, Rabai, Kilifi south, Malindi and Ganze.

He said the sitting governor is enjoying massive support only in his home constituency of Magarini and Kilifi North.

“Governor Amason Kingi would not be telling the truth if he says he enjoys the support of the entire county. What we know is that he only enjoys support from Magarini and Kilifi North which we are working around the clock to take it over,” said Kamto.

When asked about quitting ODM, Kilifi North legislature Gideon Mung’aro said he wanted to face Kingi in the general elections.

“ODM has its people and I feared denial of a certificate to contest for the governor’s seat in the general elections, as the ticket will automatically be given to Kingi,” said Mung’aro who has not yet disclosed which party he will use for the general elections.

Kilifi county governor has also been quoted stressing Kilifi County is an ODM zone; saying it is the only party which would bring change to the people of Kilifi.

“We all know that ODM is the only party with the interests of coast people and we will make work hard to ensure we deliver for you (Kilifians) so that you re-elect us come 2017,” Kingi said in a recent function.

Other possible candidates for the seat are former cabinet secretary Kazungu Kambi and Kilifi County education Board Chairman Proffesor Gabriel Katana.