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Inside hot Kaloleni constituency politics – Weekly Citizen

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Kaloleni constituency in Kilifi county has been rocked by the 2022 general election fever with aspirants already plotting how to dethrone Paul Katana of ODM. Katana who has a working relationship with William Ruto is among Coast MPs targeted by Mombasa governor Hassan Joho. The flamboyant governor who is eager to use Coast as his baseline to negotiate for higher political office at the national table is out to consolidate the region’s politics and votes.

Paul Katana

As such, he sees the likes of legislator Katana as political spoilers who are out to give Ruto a foothold in Coast politics. The Mombasa governor was reportedly using businessman Kitsao Jogolo and former area MP Gunga Mwinga to destabilize Katana in Kaloleni. The strategy, however, seems to be failing as Kitsao is largely unknown in the constituency while former MP Mwinga was yet to mend fences with the electorate. For instance, the residents are asking the former MP to explain the whereabouts of Sh50 million which disappeared from the CDF kitty as highlighted in an audit report. They also want to know why the legislator used to issue bursary of only Sh2,000 while the present leadership is giving Sh5,000.

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Gunga Mwinga

It is said after intelligence reports indicated Mwinga and Kitsao cannot easily wrestle the seat from Katana, proxies of Joho approached a former MP Kazungu Kambi to contest the seat on ODM. However, sources say Kambi who currently is a commissioner with the National Land Commission has turned down the offer, saying his focus is on becoming Kilifi governor upon completion of his term at the NLC. But even as opponents regroup, Katana’s main political strength is said to be his achievement in education matters and project implementation. He is also working closely with the national government officials, a move that has strengthened his firm grip of the constituency. Apart from Mwinga and Kitsao, other aspirants sharpening swords for the Kaloleni seat includes MCA for Tsangasini ward Alphonce Mwayaa, Kenga Thoya and Martin Rimba.

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