Row simmering in Governor Kingi led PAA party over nominations

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Kilifi governor Amason Kingi who is also the party leader of Pamoja African Alliance (PAA). PHOTO/UGC

By OUR CORRESPONDENT

A row has erupted in Kilifi governor Amason Kingi led Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) over the list of party nominees for the National Assembly and Senate submitted to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

A section of party members have accused Governor Kingi and other top party officials of nominating friends of PAA officials, employees of Kilifi county and party staff.

The aggrieved party members have asked the IEBC to reject the list of nominees submitted to them by the party that is currently awaiting for clearance.

Two PAA founder members lashed out at Governor Kingi for shortchanging them and have written a protest letter to the IEBC Dispute Resolutions Committee (DRC) and Political Party Disputes Tribunal saying the submitted list of PAA party nominees did not meet the set criteria and threshold for nominations.

Political analyst Maimuna Mwidau and former outspoken Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) vice chairperson Sureya Ali Roble confirmed that they among the aggrieved party members and vowed to fight for their rights.

The two also questioned why the list of nominees submitted to IEBC by their party was mainly composed people belonging to one ethnic group from Kilifi county.

Political analyst Maimuna Mwidau. PHOTO/UGC

They argued party nomination lists are specifically meant to encourage leadership for women, the marginalized, people with disabilities and other stakeholders.

The duo pointed out the nomination lists were published so that the public can see how parties have complied with the gender factor, qualifications and the issue of disabled and marginalized groups.

In a joint statement Maimuna and Sureya refuted claims they were consulted on the names to be included in the list adding that being senior party officials specifically from Mombasa county they have actually been left out.

The two said it is regrettable that highly qualified party leaders have been deliberately relegated to the periphery by the Kilifi cartels within the party.

They said as party officials they have disowned the PAA list and seek to petition the same to the registrar of political parties.

Among names of prominent persons featuring on the party nominees list are former Malindi legislator Lucas Baya, Mweni Maitha and  former political activist associated with Tourism Cabinet Najib Balala Mr Benedict Furaha among others.

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