Coast disunity jeopardizes crucial 2022 vote

Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho leads a presser with leaders allied to Raila Odinga
Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho leads a presser with leaders allied to Raila Odinga

There were high expectations at the Coast after the 2017 General Election that come 2022, the region would unite as it moves to vote. But it is now clear that even as the 2022 election year nearing, the fear is that the region will be more divided than ever been.  – By Ramadhan Kambi.

Going by the current fierce exchange among Coast leaders, it is clear that the division, as usual, are here to stay and according to a political analyst Prof Halim Shauri, this situation can be entirely blamed on three leaders, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi and their Kwale counterpart Salim Mvurya. 

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Kilifi North MP Owen Baya have been trading a lot of exchanges over the unity of the Coast even as Governor Kingi also announced the unveiling of the new political party for the Coast in June this year. 

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Uzalendo News, Prof Shauri, a Full Professor of Sociology and the DEAN; School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Pwani University said Coast leaders lack a vision for the region and that is going to have a huge negative impact on the Coast development agenda. 

I will never ditch you, Mvurya tells Ruto
Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya alongside Deputy President William Ruto.

“Come 2022 Coast will be more divided than ever been and this is because of the three forces that are pulling on different directions. Governor Mvurya, Kingi and Joho are each pulling in different directions. Interestingly Joho and Kingi are noise makers and they make their idea known. For Mvurya he also wants what the two wants but he has a silent underground approach,” said Prof Shauri. 

Prof Shauri said the three leaders have big egos and this is a big undoing for the region. 

“There is no way these three people can seat down with their big egos and agree. For example, we had the Jumuiya Ya Kaunti Za Pwani (JKP) which was placed under Governor Mvurya. It failed because Joho and Kingi felt that they had been shortchanged. In short these three leaders feel that they are the Coast kingpin and this has now seen Governor Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta), Dhadho Godhana (Tana River) and Fahim Twaha(Lamu),” said Prof Shauri. 

The analyst added that Governor Joho is riding on the fact that Mombasa is the city of power for the Coast while Kingi is riding on the fact that the Giriamas are the majority while Mvurya is riding on the fact that he is doing development and economical way. 

“The only solution that can make us unite is for the leaders to go to the drawing board, root for Coast professionals and they will be given an agenda for the Coast. The problem with our Coast leaders is that they think they know it all. There afre people who know the vision of this region but are not involved. They need to call now and start the journey moving forward,” he added.