Aisha Jumwa Picks Fight With Ruto Over Deal With Kingi

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    Aisha Jumwa addresses a rally in Bamburi, Mombasa, on Monday, December 20, 2021
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  • Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa on Tuesday, May 17, opposed Deputy President William Ruto's appointment of Governor Amason Kingi as one of the Kenya Kwanza coordinators in Kilifi County.

    Speaking to the press, she claimed that Kingi's poor record at the helm of the county in the last 10 years threatened to dent the United Democratic Alliance (UDA's) popularity in the coastal region.

    She demanded that the outgoing governor undertakes a cleansing process with county residents before he could embark on executing the role bestowed on him.

    Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and Deputy President William Ruto
    Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and Deputy President William Ruto
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    "We note with great concern that his bad record as county chief will affect the popularity of UDA in the county unless he starts sanitizing himself with the people of Kilifi. UDA coordinator for Kilifi County is Aisha Jumwa and will be assisted by Kilifi North MP Owen Baya. 

    "Communities in Kilifi still have concerns on how Kingi executed his mandate as the governor of this county. For this reason, in order to consolidate the votes Deputy President William Ruto was going to get in Kilifi, we ask him to start making inroads in Kilifi while sanitising himself," the vocal MP stated. 

    Jumwa further blew the whistle on what she claims are attempts by the governor to convert the county into a Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) Zone.

    "There will be no zoning in the county. I played a very big role in ensuring that Kingi joins Kenya Kwanza, so I know that there is nothing new he is bringing in. Kilifi as I know it is a UDA zone: six wheelbarrows," she stated.

    While unveiling Rigathi Gachagua as his running mate, Ruto noted that Kenya Kwanza would allow all constituent parties to field candidates in all elective positions.

    However, he noted that only one candidate will be on the ballot based on scientific data to avert the looming sibling rivalry among constituent parties.

    "We are a coalition of democrats, the willing and the free. All parties will be allowed to field their candidates. We will, however, empower our candidates in every ward, constituency and County with scientific information on the performance of each candidate," the DP explained.

    Political zoning has threatened to rock the unity of both Azimio and Kenya Kwanza. When Mutua decamped to Ruto's side, he protested the zoning of Machakos county as a Wiper party zone.

    In Azimio, the 17 parliamentary and 85 seats have been shared between Jubilee and ODM with Kalonzo's party only getting the Embakasi South constituency.

    Governor Amason Kingi with DP William Ruto, Speaker J.B Muturi, MP Aisha Jumwa, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Senator Moses Wetangula at Karen on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
    Governor Amason Kingi with DP William Ruto, Speaker J.B Muturi, MP Aisha Jumwa, ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Senator Moses Wetangula at Karen on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
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