Friday and Saturday, the Mijikenda nation demonstrated to the world how divided it is.
Yes, on Friday Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa snatched a microphone from ODM secretary general Edwin Sifuna while the latter was making his speech during the burial of Edward Kingi, the father to Mombasa deputy governor William Kingi.
Sifuna did not resist with the microphone, he instead walked calmly back to his seat. He later told journalists that “In the Luhya traditions, a man cannot fight back a woman”
Deputy Governor Kingi later apologized to Sifuna and asked him to make his speech. Kingi in fact stood by him to make sure no one interferes.
This could simply mean, Aisha was acting on her own volition and her act did not represent the will of the Mijikenda Nation
This was affirmed by Kilifi governor Amason Kingi during the burial of Justus Mwanyanje, the father to Kilifi woman representative Getrude Mbeyu in Kibarani on Saturday.
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Kingi condemned Jumwa for embarrassing herself in public. Kingi said Jumwa acted out of bitterness after her ouster from the party.
He noted that events at the Jilore funeral were an embarrassment to Coast leaders, he advised Jumwa to solve her problems with ODM in “good and acceptable” ways.
“Aisha, you need to cool your temper. We know you are bitter but there are proper ways of dealing with the problem and getting good results. What you are currently doing won’t help,” he told the Malindi MP.
To some, Jumwa acted out of bravery and was right to block Sifuna from saying whatever he wanted to say. To many, Jumwa was disrespectful. Both ways, Jumwa’s outbursts will affect her political future.
What does making political statements got to do with disrespecting the Mijikenda? Nowadays, burials are political forums. The coast unity is only discussed in burials and no one has linked it to disrespecting the Mijikenda.
Jumwa is a tough politician who commands a large following in the coast region. Her repute could be easily eroded if she will not be able to control her temper.