Azimio la Umoja coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Friday reminded Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi how he funded his first time journey into politics.
Speaking in Magarini, Kingi’s backyard, Raila narrated how he helped Kingi in his campaign for the Magarini parliamentary seat.
“I funded his campaigns when he ran for the Magarini seat. He had no money. He won the seat and I picked him as a minister for the East African Community and later moved him to the Ministry of Fisheries because of the blue economy,” Raila said.
The presidential hopeful said he campaigned for Kingi to win the Kilifi governor seat but was surprised when he told him that he wanted to form his party.
“I asked him why ODM had suddenly become a bad outfit after sponsoring his political journey for over 15 years,” he said.
“He formed the Pamoja African Alliance party and came to me asking to join the Azimio coalition. I welcomed him, but after one month the other side seduced him and he said he was leaving.”
Raila said the PAA party is a trap to impoverish the region and warned the residents against voting for the party.
He urged the residents to vote for him and other ODM leaders.
“I need you to give me enough soldiers so that I can have a voice. If you will not vote for the ODM leaders then my opponents will have the powers to send me home,” he said
Raila warned Magarini residents against buying into the political conman-ship displayed by his competitors.
He said his competitors are out to loot public resources, including land, which has been a very contentious issue in the Coast region.
“Some joined politics while they were as slender but right now they are fat. They have stolen from you and they want to continue with that spree,” he said.
Raila was accompanied by his running mate Martha Karua, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo, Kilifi ODM governor candidate Gideon Mung’aro and Mombasa businessperson Suleiman Shahbal.
Others were Magarini ODM MP Candidate Harry Kombe and several MCA candidates allied to the coalition.
Karua said the same money that is being splashed to Kenyans by their competitors is the same money, which was meant to fund development projects.
“Do not give them another chance to steal your future. Reject them and vote Azimio and secure your future,” she said.
From Marafa, Raila held another rally in Watamu, Mbalamweni in Kaloleni, Rabai and a roadside rally at Mazeras.