President Uhuru Kenyatta has chosen an ODM rebel, Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro to work with him. The new appointment moves the politician to the forefront of Jubilee’s political agenda at the Coast.
It is alleged that the president, who is known to be keen on gaining a win for his party in Malinidi, has issued Mung’aro a key task since the big appointment.
Mung’aro is now in charge of ensuring that Jubilee candidate Philip Charo emerges the winner in March 7 Malindi parliamentary by-election. He is the leading person in the ongoing campaigns at the coast.
In a quest to emerge the winner come March 7, President Uhuru Kenyatta has also allegedly assigned another CORD legislator with a major political role.
Ganze MP Peter Shehe, on Sunday, February 28, hinted that president Uhuru had entrusted Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro with a principal task as his coast point man.
The Star quotes Shehe as hinting:
We have come here to back Mung’aro’s efforts to have Philip Charo win the Malindi seat so development can be realised. Mung’aro has been made coast point man by President Uhuru Kenyatta and we support him fully.
Shehe and Gonzi Rai revealed that about 23 MPs backed the appointment and that those MPs have come together to be led by Mung’aro. In spite of the fact that Gideon Mung’aro was elected on an ODM ticket in 2013, the politician has been supporting Jubilee coalition.
Due to his insubordination to CORD, he got replaced with Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu as the minority whip in the National Assembly in July 2014. He was later shut out from the house business committee.
The chairman of the Coast Parliamentary Group caucus has been in the forefront of Jubilee candidate and for the by-election scheduled to take place on March 7.
The Malindi parliamentary seat has been vacant since Dan Kazungu was appointed as a cabinet secretary for mining.
Jubilee candidate in Malindi by-election, Charo, is apparently facing massive challenge from ODM’s Willy Mtengo as polls have indicated that the latter might win the former.
Others candidates in the Malindi by-election are: David Mangi (Shirikisho Party of Kenya), Reuben Katana (Kadu-Asili), Ali Attas Shariff (Labour Party of Kenya), Peter Ponda (Chama cha Uzalendo) and Nelson Gunga (Federal Party of Kenya).