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Wednesday, 1 October 2014


COAST parliamentary group has accused Cord leader Raila Odinga of appointing his relatives into key positions when he co-principal in the coalition government.
The MPs dismissed claims that the Jubilee government is favouring people from certain regions. Msambweni MP Khatib Mwashetani said Raila did not consider Coast people although they overwhelmingly voted for him.
"They should not accuse Jubilee of tribalism because we have been given ambassador positions and chairmen of several institutions and we did not vote for the ruling government," he said.
Mwashetani was speaking in Ziwani village on Sunday as MPs condoled with the family of four killed in an arson. He was with Kwale women's representative Zainab Chidzuga, Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung'aro, Kilifi women's representative Aisha Jumwa, Kinango MP Gonzi Rai and Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko.
Sonko said Coast people should not accept to be used as rubber stamps to help "greedy" leaders ascend to power. Mung'aro said Raila picked his relatives to be ambassadors of Los Angelas, Washington DC and Egypt when he was Prime Minister.
"Twenty three workers out of 26 in Raila's office when he was Prime Minister were from his region. Coast clinched many positions in Parliament only after the March 4, 2013 election but we did not get a big share like other regions," he said.
The MPs said Kilifi and Kwale counties will unite and bring the region together. Mwashetani said 75 per cent of Mijikendas live in Kilifi, 45 per cent in Mombasa and 65 per cent in Kwale.
"My senator Juma Boy is joining Raila for referendum and he did nothing even when he was MP," he said. Rai dismissed the referendum, saying the Sh8 billion to be spent on the vote should be given to the youth to start businesses.