Senate Speaker Amason Kingi. [Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard] 

Senate Speaker Amason Kingi has warned Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung'aro against participating in Azimio la Umoja One Kenya public engagements saying this risks disrupting the national government agenda for the region.

Speaking when he toured his childhood village of Kamale in Magarini sub-county, Kingi said Kenya Kwanza government plans to resettle squatters, revive industries to create employment and other economic developments in the county.

He was accompanied by Mr Mung’aro who steered clear of politics in his speech.

This comes after Azimio leader Raila Odinga began the public engagements to put President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza administration in check, on Wednesday at Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi.

The governor was elected on ODM ticket and is expected to obey instructions from party leader Raila.

“Kenyans are facing famine and other problems which leaders need to sit and discuss on how best to solve the problems, but others are telling us to sit and discuss how many demonstrations to hold in a week,” said the Speaker.

During his time as Kilifi governor, Kingi who was elected on ODM ticket used to oppose most plans former President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration earmarked for the county until the handshake changed the situation.

“My brother, do not be cheated by anybody and focus on changing the lives of our people because in 2027 they will rate you from your development and not demonstrations. If the national government helps you bring development, cooperate with it because this county’s residents do not know anybody else but you for now,” the Speaker told the governor.

Mung’aro said that his administration was in talks with the national government with a view to ensure that the dispute with the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) regarding the Adu/ Kamale Chamari land was resolved. ADC is claiming the land.

“The President has said that he will buy land belonging to private individuals. If he will do that to settle squatters, will he be defeated to settle our people on the ADC land which belongs to the government?” He posed.

Adu MCA Samson Zia asked the ADC to stop making cut lines on the disputed land and consult with local leaders on the best way forward.

During the event, Mr Kingi launched the construction of two classrooms at the A J Kingi Mixed Secondary School, which was started by the local community.

He said he had received Sh 4.2 million from his former classmates at the Alliance High School to implement the project while the governor donated another Sh I million.