Coast governors converge for key annual meeting

Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya. [Boniface Okendo,Standard]

The coastal region economic bloc will hold its second annual conference tomorrow and Wednesday.

The six governors, who have for a long time not been speaking with one voice, are set to meet at Ocean Beach Hotel in Malindi for the Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP) to discuss the region’s roadmap on development.

Two Cabinet secretaries and several diplomats accredited to Kenya will attend.

JKP chairman Salim Mvurya (Kwale), vice-chairman Hassan Joho (Mombasa), Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta), Dhadho Godhana (Tana River) and Fahim Twaha of Lamu are expected at the conference.

Last Friday, Mr Mvurya held a meeting at the JKP secretariat in preparation for the conference.

Until recently, Mvurya and Mr Joho have had political differences that have been blamed for the slowdown of JKP programmes. This heightened in 2016 when Mvurya left ODM for Jubilee.

However, sources now say the relationship has improved after the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga.

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JKP Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Nzai said yesterday all six governors are expected to attend the event that is set to move the economic agenda of the region forward.

“This is an annual event that will bring together our leaders and partners to showcase our achievements and chart the way forward. Next year, we plan to have a similar conference in Diani, Kwale County,” Nzai explained.

Mr Nzai said Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, his Trade counterpart Peter Munya, European Union, UN Habitat, USAid, Unep, Italy and Portuguese envoys are expected to attend the conference.

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