The Orange Democratic Movement has launched an aggressive campaign to revamp its Kilifi branch following the exit of branch chairman Amason Jeffa Kingi and the formation of the Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) associated with the Kilifi Governor.
Interim Chairman Teddy Mwambire told reporters in his constituency Monday that the party would soon re-open its branch offices in Kilifi and start to aggressively recruit new members and woo back those who may have left the party due to Kingi’s leadership style.
Mwambire dismissed assertions that the formation of the PAA would weaken the orange party, saying ODM was deeply rooted in the county, a fact, he said, would be manifested during the 2022 General Elections.
He also dismissed claims that ODM had initiated talks with the newly formed party, saying PAA was still operating with an interim certificate and did not have the legitimacy to initiate any talks with established parties.
“Let them first get their party’s certificate before we can think of engaging them, but for now, we cannot start any talks with a party operating with an interim certificate,” he said.
Mwambire took a swipe at Governor Kingi for failing to attend the Azimio la Umoja meeting held in Mombasa at the weekend that was attended by the other five Coast governors and graced by ODM leader Raila Odinga.
He said by doing so, Kingi was isolating himself and confirming the notion that he was a selfish politician out to use the electorate in the region for his personal political ambitions.
“Although Kingi is no longer the ODM branch chairman, the Azimio la Umoja was not an ODM event since it attracted politicians from across the political divide, and by failing to attend it, Governor Kingi clearly isolated himself since all the other governors were present,” he said.
The Ganze legislator said Kingi was wasting his time in PAA and claimed that the former party branch chairman had resorted to intimidating Members of County Assembly to either support his move or risk being denied development funds for their wards.
“The governor is wasting his time and shaming himself because he could have completed his term in office with a good legacy. But now he is intimidating MCAs that he would stop implementing projects in their wards if they do not dance to his tune,” claimed Mwambire.
The interim chairman vowed to stop Kingi’s plan to impose his successor through his new party after being denied that chance by ODM adding that the governor was trying to install his puppet whom he will control even after exiting the office
“I know his plan is to impose a puppet Governor after he exits but I will ensure that anyone he will endorse to succeed him will not get the votes,” he said.
His sentiments were echoed by youth leader Fikirini Jacobs who said that Kingi had failed to empower residents and even dished out tenders to outsiders yet he was now calling for emancipation of the same people he muzzled financially.
“The only respect Governor Kingi should do is to exit the stage honorably and leave residents to elect their choice to succeed him but the route he is taking will drown his legacy,” he said.