ODM leader Raila Odinga’s allies at the Coast have been split following the removal of Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi from the party leadership in the county.
On Tuesday, August 10, the ODM party kicked out Governor Kingi from his position as county party chairman following his involvement in the formation of a new political vehicle ahead of the crucial 2022 General Election.
Following his removal, ODM leaders at the county level are divided into two factions with one faction supporting his ouster while the other faction opposing it.
While the ODM party accused the governor of being disloyal, Kingi who is currently associated with Pamoja Alliance Party denied the claims.
He said even though a majority of ODM grassroots leaders have since shifted their allegiance to the new outfit which will soon be officially launched, Raila Odinga will still be the major beneficiary.
“In all these things I am doing, the biggest beneficiary is Raila Odinga,” Kingi said in a phone interview with the Standard Newspaper.
He said the new political party will not field a presidential candidate in the forthcoming polls but will support the former Prime Minister who will be seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
After kicking out Kingi, Raila Odinga appointed Ganze Member of Parliament Teddy Mwambire as the new acting ODM chairman for Kilifi County.
He accused the county boss of being disloyal adding that Kingi has no solutions to the problems facing the people of Coastal.
“Kingi is not the first (politician) to run away from the ODM, neither is he the first person to betray me,
“I’m used to being backstabbed. Kingi has no solutions to the problems facing the Coastal people. I’m thinking power has gone into his head,” Raila said.