New Coast-based party pledges bigger national cake slice
SEE ALSO :New perspectives on Coast unityThe Coast boasts about 1.7 million registered votes. Mr Chengo is the immediate former Mombasa County Jubilee chairman, Ms Cidi is a former member of Shirikisho Party of Kenya (SPK) while Mr Mwaringa is a Coast-based radio presenter. The officials said the new party carries the aspirations of Coast residents and will help end marginalisation of the region by successive governments. The Coast, they claimed, has been sidelined in appointments and allocation of resources. Mr Chengo, who is an ally of Suleiman Shahbal, Mombasa gubernatorial candidate in the 2017 General Election, announced he had resigned as the county's Jubilee chairman to join the new party fronted by local politicians and professionals. “We are ready to face any political challenge ahead. We have worked for other political parties for far too long without any tangible benefits,” said Chengo. Ms Cidi said they decided to form a strong party ”for Coast to move forward the aspirations of residents". “We have decided Coast should have its own political party that will fight for the people’s rightful share of the national cake. It is a national party but with its roots at the Coast just like Wiper Democratic Movement,” she said.