Kilifi,KENYA:The Coast region will stand on its own and decide its own fate come 2022, Kaloleni Member of parliament Paul Katana has said.
Speaking at the Kaloleni social hall on Monday, Katana said the region has ever been taken for granted despite being vote rich.
“This (Coast) region is not predestined to be in opposition year in year out,” Katana said.
“We are tired of being taken for granted and we will not back to any leader whose mission is to blackmail us to support him to the highest seat then later dessert us. We will stand on our own this time round,” Katana added.
Katana has been vocal about the recognition of the contribution of the coast region to the ODM party.
In January the ODM MP spearheaded a host of MPs from Kilifi County to protest a move by the party where MP’s from the region were locked out of nominations to parliamentary positions.
He however blamed political leaders from the region over what he termed as splitting of the people.
Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi concurred with the MP saying the only way the Coast region will succeed in its endeavors is by speaking in one voice.
“The Coast unity is a threat to the whole country, that’s why every effort to unite the region is being fought,” Kingi was quoted saying in Mitsemerini recently.
“ We have a strong team that is working towards achieving this and 2022 will not be business as usual,” he added.
Currently, the Umoja Summit which brings together politicians and scholars from the region is working on modalities of how the region will move politically.