The fallout between Kilifi governor Amason Kingi and former Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe is causing turbulence in Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party. Mwathethe who enjoys strong links between the party officials and State House has left the party over lack of honesty in operations.
PAA wrote to the Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu seeking to withdraw from the Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya Coalition. The Kingi led party claimed that it is kept in the dark over the agreement it signed with Azimio Coalition.
“We confirm that PAA vide its letter dated April 25, to the Registrar of Political Parties is seeking to withdraw from the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition party,” Governor Kingi posted on Twitter.
Other officials of the Kilifi based political party also told the media that they had not seen the agreement it had signed with the coalition.But reports are also rife that Deputy President Dr. William Ruto is using former Malindi MP Lucas Maitha, an official of PAA to poach the party from Azimio at a good fee.
Ruto taking over the party will leave the likes of George Kithi with serious political injuries. He is eyeing the Kilifi gubernatorial seat where he will face off with UDA’s Aisha Jumwa.
Kithi will definitely be forced to shelve his bid in favour of Jumwa who is Ruto’s sidekick and a powerful political force.
PAA officials are desperate to make a killing and will not care if the party candidates win or lose since they have already pocketed their nomination fees.
Kingi party will be the second from the Coastal region to be swallowed by DP Ruto after he bought Kadu Asili, a brief case party which has no political impact.
But a section of supporters and candidates vying for various positions are opposed to the hawking move and have threatened to take a legal action.
They argue that they were attracted to the party because of its affiliation to Azimio la Umoja coalition whose presidential candidate is ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Kingi fell out with Odinga and in early 2021 when he publicly lectured the ODM leader to let coastal people to form and run political parties that carry their ambitions.
That lecture sealed his departure from ODM and dented his long political relationship with Raila Odinga and even his stay in Azimio was expected to be rocky.
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