Governor Kingi to work with Joho in their 2022 presidential bid

Mombasa governor (In white shirt) attending Kilifi governor Amason Kingi's inauguration on Monday /GRACE MITHAMO

Kilifi, KENYA: Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has said he will work together with Mombasa governor Hassan Ali Joho in  their 2022 presidential bid.

Addressing the public at Karisa Maitha sports ground during his swearing in ceremony on Monday, Kingi said he would discuss with Mombasa Governor elect Ali Hassan Joho on who among the two would fly the presidential flag in five years to come.

Kindi said the dream to have a President from the Coast was inspired by the late political hero Ronald Gideon Ngala.

He added that in his quest for leadership, Ngala teamed up with retired President Daniel Moi, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Masinde Muliro; although he stood a better chance of leading the nation, that dream never came true.

“I know many people have been asking me or themselves about the next thing after these five years as governor of Kilifi County,” said Kingi.

“I want to tell you that I will vie for the presidency in 2022. I know my fellow governor Ali Hassan Joho has the same ambitions but we will sit down and talk about it and have a solution,” he added.

“Although the late Ngala did not succeed in his exertions, another chance for Coast is coming out.”

Kingi praised his Mombasa counterpart as a very close friend and a confidant whom together had gone through a lot of challenges from the national government, due to their hard-line stand on numerous issues touching on the people of Mombasa and Kilifi County.

Joho also extolled Kingi for his landslide win, saying it is a lesson for Jubilee politicians in the region that it is an ODM zone and will not change.

He reverberated the sentiments by Kingi on the presidential bid, saying both  will be in the national government come 2022.

“What he has told you is exactly the mission we have for this nation,” Joho said.

“We are so close and because we all want to be in the same government in 2022, we shall do that. Expect a declaration soon from us,” he added.

The governor and his deputy Gideon Saburi took the oath of office in front of thousands of residents in a ceremony presided by Justice Margret Mwangi and Kilifi Senior Resident Magistrate Robinson Ondiek.

All the seven Members of Parliament elect from the entire county were present.

Also, in-attendance were Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir, Mishi Mboko (Likoni), Badi Twalib (Jomvu), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe) and Mombasa Deputy Governor William Kingi.