Mombasa’s Hassan Joho and Kilifi’s Amason Kingi could be Kenya’s next king makers following an impressive performance for their party in Tuesday’s elections.
The two cemented their position in ODM and NASA after they delivered a resounding victory for the opposition coalition, retaining their seats while rebuffing Jubilee’s charm offensive in the region. NASA constituent parties also got 70 per cent of elective positions at the Coast, excluding the Members of County Assembly in the two counties.
The two governors campaigned vigorously in their region, with Kingi overseeing a complete sweep of all seats by the Orange Democratic Party.
In the event NASA loses the presidential poll, it could turn out to be a blessing for the two governors in the long run.
Nyanza, which voted ODM also almost to a man too, has no known successor to Raila, who has been king for so long but without an heir apparent. Kalonzo, the Wiper leader, lost some ground to Alfred Mutua’s Maendeleo Chap Chap (MCC) and a host of independent candidates.
Although Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress gained a few more seats than they did last elections, he and compatriot Moses Wetang’ula ceded some seats to Jubilee.
Kingi and Joho are the only ones in command of a bloc vote. While Kilifi residents gave ODM a clean sweep, in Mombasa, seven of its nine national elective seats went to ODM.
Wiper managed one seat while the other was won by former KTN reporter, Mohammed Ali, an independent. Political analysts say Kingi and Joho trounced Jubilee because the ruling party’s point men led by outgoing Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro were unpopular.
“Kingi and Joho delivered for NASA more seats than Kalonzo Musyoka or Musalia Mudavadi,” said Prof Hassan Mwakimako.
Munga’ro has rejected the Kilifi gubernatorial results and has threatened to move to court to challenge Kingi’s re-election alleging election malpractices.
Jubilee’s onslaught in the Coast bore fruit, winning the Kwale and Lamu governor seats. It also won the Lungalunga parliamentary seat in Kwale as well as the Lamu Woman Representative and Lamu East MP’s seat.
It was a close call in Taveta Taveta County with Wiper, ODM and Jubilee almost splitting the spoils equally among themselves. Jubilee walked away with two seats, that of the Woman Representative that was won by Lydia Mizigi as Naomi Shaban retained her Taveta seat.
ODM walked away with the senate and two MP’s seats as Wiper’s Granton Samboja took the governor seat.
It was a mixed basket in Tana River, where Jubilee won two seats as ODM swept the governor’s. Wiper won the woman representative as Maendeleo Chap Chap, Ford Kenya and Wiper won an MP’s seat each.
The good results for ODM in Mombasa may, however, present an interesting challenge for Governor Amason Kingi.
As the only governor elected with a full house of ODM members, he might find himself in an unusually powerful position.