There was a scuffle earlier today between Coast and Nairobi Jubilee leaders on who should take blame for the loss in Malindi.
Malindi North MP Gideon Mung’aro exchanged bitterly with Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu as other leaders watched, awed by the turn of events. Waititu accused Mung’aro of lying to the President that Jubilee would win Malindi after they poached Philip Charo, a long time ODM operative whom voters rejected.
According to Waititu, Jubilee local businessman John Kariuki alias ‘Ngala’ was more popular than Charo but was overlooked to pick an ‘ODM man’ whom Jubilee supporters distrusted.
Mung’aro on the other hand accused Waititu of thinking Malindi is ‘Nyeri ndogo’. The exchanges almost degenerated into blows with the Lunga Lunga MP Khatib Mwashetani and Mung’aro bolting out of the meeting in protest.
Munga’ro later addressed a press conference accusing Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and Kilifi’s Amason Kingi of rigging the election.
Gideon Mung’aro accused Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and Kingi of intimidating IEBC officials and rigging the Malindi constituency election for the ODM Party.
In a press conference attended by Lunga Lunga Khatib Mwashetani and notably boycotted by mainstream Jubilee leaders, Mung’aro, who rebelled against ODM and has indicated he will defend his seat on a JAP ticket, claimed Joho and Kingi intimidated Jubilee voters, saying only the votes cast for the Jubilee candidate Philip Charo were genuine.
Mung’aro is under intense pressure to justify the usage of millions of shillings he was given to coordinate the Malindi polls and which he is alleged to have diverted to his own 2017 campaign kitty.
Even after massive rigging, vote buying and intimidation, Charo still trailed a formerly ‘weak’ ODM candidate Willy Mtengo who eventually emerged winner.