Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has endorsed Shimo la Tewa ward MCA Sammy Ndago to contest the Kilifi South parliamentary seat which is held by his counterpart Ken Chonga.
The endorsement a fortnight ago has caused political tension in the constituency with the supporters of the MP warning the MCA to restrict his political activities within his ward.
While endorsing Ndago for the seat, Jumwa claimed Ndago has exhibited exemplary leadership skills that can propel the constituency to the next level.
“Ndago is in charge of the most populated ward in Kilifi county. He has demonstrated high level of leadership and he is fearless. Kilifi South needs a leader who is assertive and who has the public at heart. I will soon pitch tent in the constituency to tell the people why they need to elect Ndago,” said Jumwa at Kaloleni constituency.
Ndago who accompanied Jumwa criticised Chonga for working in isolation and disregarding other Kilifi county MPs.
“This MP needs to style up. As leaders, we need to embrace each other. I am wondering why Chonga cannot even greet his fellow MPs. I will contest and defeat him,” said Ndago.
It has emerged, Jumwa is bitter with Chonga for expressing his interest in the Kilifi governor’s seat hence, complicating the Malindi MP’s chances as he would deny her the Chonyi vote.
At the same time, Ken Nyale also a Chonyi whom Jumwa approached to contest the Kilifi South MP seat declined insisting he would go for senator seat which he lost to Stewart Madzayo in the last general elections.
According to Jumwa, Nyale is not fit for governor as he would be stubborn to her administration in case she won the governor seat.
“Mama does not want someone who has an activist mind to become senator and that is why he is opposed to Nyale. She wants someone who will not upset the status quo,” the source who is Jumwa’s campaigner revealed.
She wants to use MCA Ndago to fight Chonga and Nyale and keep them busy in the constituency. At the same time, Jumwa is still hopeful that Mustafa Iddi, a former Kilifi South MP who is current Coast Water chairperson would accept becoming her running mate.
Senator Madzayo who is from Kilifi South and has no time for Jumwa is watching the Malindi MP’s activities keenly. He intends to defend his senator position for a third and final term.
The senator is the seniormost Chonyi politician and has great sway and observers are pointing out that once he activates his supporters, it would be hard for Jumwa to control Chonyi politics.