BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH MAY,2022-Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi’s Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party has officially ditched the Azimio La Umoja-One Kenya coalition for the Deputy President William Ruto-led Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
Kingi made the announcement on Tuesday, terming the move as one driven by Kenyans’ needs and not individual interests of top politicians.
“On 8th May we signed a coalition agreement with Kenya Kwanza after a series of meetings, and PAA’s NEC passed a resolution to join Kenya Kwanza,” he told journalists.
“This agreement is not about leaders, it’s about the people and their issues.”
Kingi said he had walked out of the Raila Odinga-led Azimio outfit due to a myriad of issues, among them “mysterious deals” within the camp.
“Legal process wasn’t completed because they refused to share the agreement, the dealings in Azimio are shrouded in mysterious ways, and it became difficult to pursue PAA’s agenda within Azimio,” he said.
While terming the new deal as a win for people in the Coast region, Kingi noted that it would ensure representation of coastal people in high profile public service if the team ascends to power in the upcoming August General Election.
“A new chapter will officially begin once Kenya Kwanza comes to power. We are not interested in individual positions, we will promote inclusivity in sharing of national assets located at the coast,” said Kingi.
“PAA has signed a pre-election agreement detailing how its agenda will be addressed. All our issues have been captured well in the agreement.”
He further vowed to address marginalisation of the coast region, land injustices, as well as tapping the blue economy to benefit locals.
On his part, DP Ruto welcomed PAA to his “conmanship”-free fold, saying that all constituent parties within his alliance were treated with respect and openness.
“They have copies of the agreement that we have signed, there is a world of difference between us and the other side,” noted the DP.
“The other side used force, here we use respect, there is nothing we share with your modus operandi!”
Kingi’s defection comes on the heels of Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader Alfred Mutua’s move to Kenya Kwanza amid claims the party had been kept in the dark about internal affairs and had yet to access or understand the coalition agreement.
Addressing the press at a Nairobi hotel on Monday, the Machakos governor said he sealed the deal on Sunday night, adding that he has copies of the agreement, “unlike in Azimio”.