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Governors face new headache in choice of deputies

Former Labour CS Kazungu Kambi: Were it not for Kaloleni Kingi would not have been the governor. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Former Labour CS Kazungu Kambi: Were it not for Kaloleni Kingi would not have been the governor. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Four sitting governors are facing a headache on whom to pick as their running mates ahead of the August 8 General Election.

Except for Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya and Lamu’s Issa Timamy, the other sitting governors have fallen out with their deputies.

In Mombasa, Governor Hassan Joho is still grappling with who to pick as running mate after his deputy Hazel Katana dumped him for Jubilee Party of Kenya where she is eyeing the senatorial seat.

Although he has been putting on a brave face, the governor, according to close associates, has been on a scouting mission to identify an appropriate candidate to fill the gap from the same Mijikenda community of his deputy.

“There are many options to pick but the governor must weigh his options from which community to pick so as to tilt the weight on his side,” says a political analyst in the county.

His Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi is facing the same predicament after losing his deputy Kenneth Kamto to his archrival and Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro, who has vowed to dislodge him from his seat.

Mr Kamto is from the vote-rich Rabai and Kaloleni sub-counties.

“Were it not for the larger Kaloleni constituency’s vote basket, Kingi would not have been the governor of Kilifi today,” said former cabinet Labour Secretary Kazungu Kambi.

In Taita Taveta, Governor John Mruttu seems to have a similar problem with his deputy Mary Ndigha Mwanyumba-Kibuka expected not to run for undisclosed reasons.

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