Kadu Asili will field candidate in Malindi poll

Matuga MP Hassan Mwanyoha and Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga at Tiwi market last November 29 during a funds drive to support women’s groups.
Matuga MP Hassan Mwanyoha and Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga at Tiwi market last November 29 during a funds drive to support women’s groups.

Coast parties will give you a run for your money in the Malindi parliamentary by-election, Kadu Asili has warned Cord and Jubilee.

Party leader Gunga Mwinga said Kadu Asili will field a candidate in the March 7 by-election.

The seat fell vacant after MP Dan Kazungu was appointed Mining CS in December.

“The voice of the people is redirecting them to a Coast-based political party. So, if one thinks that it will be the big coalitions, let them think again. The third force might shock them,” the Kaloleni MP said.

Gunga spoke in Kilifi town on Sunday evening after consulting elders from the Malindi District Cultural Association.

“I had a lengthy and fruitful discussion with the elders. Since they have openly stated they will support a Coast-based political party in the by-election, as Kadu Asili we will also have our candidate in the ballot,” he said.

Gunga said the party will announce its flag-bearer this week or early next week.

“Currently our election board is interviewing the six aspirants who applied for the party ticket,” he said.

Gunga said the current wave in Malindi is not about big political parties but leadership with clear ideologies.

Acting secretary general Daniel Mangi said the Malindi by-election will determine the direction Coast will take in 2017.

“We are prepared as a party to show the region that regional parties have a mark in the region they belong. In 2017, the party will have aspirants in every political post ranging from ward representative to the presidency,” he said.

Madica secretary general Karisa Mwarandu said they held talks with Gunga.

“We have been doing that for leaders of Coast-based parties. We held three meetings with Ganze MP Peter Shehe and we welcome other regional parties’ officials for more talks,” he said.

“Even after the by-election, the consultations will continue because we want to bring party leaders into one basket.”