Kingi refutes owning luxurious yacht, chopper; terms allegations as propaganda

Kilifi governor Amason Kingi PHOTO:FILE

Kilifi, KENYA: Kilifi governor Amason Kingi has termed allegations that he owns a luxurious chopper and a yacht as mere propaganda .

Kingi says he only purchased a rescue boat as a means of response to sea distress in a bid to reduce deaths amongst fishermen and other sea users in the County.

While responding to religious leaders’ question on the allegations, Kingi said they are baseless allegations by rivals to tarnish his reputation.

“When I took office in 2013 I purchased 25 fully equipped ambulances, but can only operate on land,” said Kingi.

“As we all know, Kilifi borders the Indian Ocean from Mtwapa all the way to Magarini. As a result, I had to set up a coast guard unit to respond to drowning accidents and distress calls at sea. To make the unit complete I had to purchase the rescue speed boat to enable them work efficiently. That is the boat that my competitors call luxury yacht,” Kingi elucidated.

In regards, to the helicopter allegations, the Kilifi county chief said those are lies being spread by Jubilee.

“This helicopter is only known by the Jubilee brigade in Kilifi because I have never seen that helicopter and do not know where it is,” he added.

In December last year during the Jamhuri day celebrations, Kingi arrived at the ceremony on a chopper raising questions from the residents who found  him extravagant.

“I went to Nairobi on official duties, but when I went to the airport to take my flight back to Kilifi I was informed that no plane is allowed to fly until the Jamhuri day military aircraft parade comes to an end, when the space was finally opened it was late and I had to take a chopper to Kilifi which I hired,” Kingi said.

He also denied owning palatial homes in Zanzibar and Dubai, urging the residents to put all candidates into public scrutiny before voting for them.