Kingi tells off Jubilee over ‘handouts’ for votes


Governor Amason Kingi has told off Jubilee government against using title deeds, relief food and other development projects as bait to solicit votes from the county residents.

Accompanied by Kilifi Women Representative Aisha Jumwa and Rabai MP William Kamoti , he accused the Jubilee leaders of being unavailable for the past four years and only resorting to desperate measures as the General Election fast approaches.

“Jubilee government does not care about us at all since they were not here to help us during calamities. What they are banking on is to give relief food and title deeds which has already been done by the county,” said Governor Kingi.

Expressing his frustrations, the governor blamed the President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy President William Ruto for not respecting devolution.

“They have acquired 1 million acres of land for the  Galana-Kulalu irrigation scheme yet agriculture is a devolved function” said Kingi, suggesting that the land should be transferred to the Kilifi County government.

He is not convinced of Jubilee’s ‘honest intentions’ as people in Kilifi are still languishing in hunger. “Residents are still suffering from hunger despite (the) government spending Ksh.7 billion for agriculture at Galana-Kulalu farm,” he said.

He also faulted the Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, for ‘pettily’ boycotting an important event of issuing title deeds. “Today, the national government was supposed to issue title deeds to residents but unfortunately the lands cabinet Secretary did not attend after learning that I was also attending the event,” the governor said at Kalia Ngombe in Rabai, during the inspection of county projects.

The county boss said he has carried land survey and adjudication of about 8,900 plots at Kalia Ngombe, Jimba, Mulejim and Mwele/ Simakeni of which the national government was only supposed to issue title deeds.

He dismissed the president and his deputy’s efforts of going to Kilifi to inspect county projects, when that is precisely what he has been doing. “I can count my projects and spend months inspecting here in Rabai but do you think Mr. Uhuru and Ruto can even spend an hour here inspecting projects?” asked the displeased governor.

His sentiments were supported by Ms Jumwa who urged residents not to elect Jubilee political aspirants during the General Election.

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