In Summary
  • Mr Katana said the writing is on the wall for the community, and thus they should continue supporting Nasa.

  • Mr Kingi said the new Cabinet lacks a national outlook.

  • John Mumba said history had been made after the Mijikenda missed out on a ministerial position for the first time since independence.

A section of politicians from Coast region have criticised President Uhuru Kenyatta for leaving the Mijikenda community out of his Cabinet.

For the first time since independence, no member of the Mijikenda — Coast’s largest community — has been named to the Cabinet.

MPs Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Paul Katana (Kaloleni), Teddy Mwambire (Ganze) Michael Kingi (Magarini) and former Bahari MP John Mumba said it was wrong for the President  to overlook the community.

Mr Baya said the move was a clear indication that the President cares little about the community where some of his close allies like former MPs Gideon Mung’aro and Dan Kazungu hail from.

“This is also against the Constitution, which states that ministers should be appointed from every region. He has betrayed the Mijikenda community,” said Mr Baya.

SUPPORT NASA

Mr Katana said the writing is on the wall for the community, and thus they should continue supporting Nasa.

“This is a wake-up call that as Mijikenda, our destiny is not in Jubilee, but rather in the opposition,” he said.

Mr Kingi said the new Cabinet lacks a national outlook.

“If we talk about a government with a national outlook, then our Mijikenda people would have been included,” said Mr Kingi.

HISTORY

Jubilee Party chairman in Kilifi County John Mumba said history had been made after the Mijikenda missed out on a ministerial position for the first time since independence.

“I was also shocked because the community has been in the government all along. I don’t know what happened,” he said.

Page 1 of 2