In Summary
  • Baya said their meeting with Raila centred on the revival of the cashew nut industry and the benefits of the blue economy.
  • On Wednesday, Baya, Mbogo and Dori met with Mr Odinga in what observers linked to the decision by the ODM disciplinary committee to expel Jumwa and from the party for gross misconduct.

Kilifi North MP Owen Baya has insisted that the Coast region will make its own independent decision regarding its preferred 2022 presidential candidate.

Speaking only a day after meeting Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga, Mr Baya said the meeting with Mr Odinga only touched on how the region can benefit from the March 9 peace deal between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Odinga.

The lawmaker said they were in ODM to stay and they will not be intimidated, but they will make their own decision as a region in 2022.

“As we stand now, we are members of ODM because it is the party that sponsored us to Parliament. But come 2022, we will make our own choice in the region,” he said.

The legislator, who is among those who have been coalescing around Deputy President William Ruto, said they will equally support Mr Odinga should he visit the region since he is also a leader.

“Even if Raila comes to the Coast we will accompany him. Same for DP Ruto when he comes to this region; we shall accompany him. But the decision for the Coast is already made; that the coast will make its independent decision on the presidential candidate."

MEETING

Mr Baya, who along with MPs Suleiman Dori (Msambweni) and Ali Mbogo (Kisauni) met Mr Odinga on Wednesday, denied that their meeting was to mend fences with their leader after the party recommended the expulsion of Mr Dori and Ms Jumwa for their dalliance with the deputy president.

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