Kilifi South MP Ken Chonga has been treated to a heroic welcome in his backyard after he was appointed the deputy national organizing secretary for ODM party.
In an elaborate ceremony organized at Mwembe Kati in Chonyi Sub County, Chonga was gifted with a buck and a does by the Chonyi council of elders who had also appointed Chonga as their political spokesman.
He was also gifted traditional kikoi’s and a fly whisk by women.
He is the first Chonyi to hold such a political position.
The ceremony was marked by food and dance as the MP was crowned a kingpin of the community.
After the ceremony, the MP was required to return to his home and never leave the homestead until the following day.
Speaking while giving the goats to Chonga, Chonyi council of elders chairman Patrick Rasi said the gift signifies good tidings ahead for the MP.
“You have our blessings and we are confident you will shine to the ballot. We are proud of your leadership. We are also confident that you will be the first MP in Kilifi south and the larger former Bahari constituency to break the one term MP norm. We are solidly behind you as a community,” said Rasi
Kilifi south constituency was a result of the splitting of the former Bahari constituency into Kilifi north and Kilifi south constituency.
Rabai MP William Kamoti congratulated Chonga saying the appointment demonstrates the confidence the ODM party has for Chonga’s leadership
He advised the residents to break the one-term MP practice.
“This norm is not cast on stone. It is not written anywhere that an MP should serve for one term. You should not fix something which is working. Let’s break this norm because Chonga has shown us that he can take the constituency into greater heights. We need to nurture of leaders if we want them to get attention at the national arena. The national leaders you are celebrating today were natured and served there people for more than three terms,” said Kamoti
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Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi said that it was not through luck that the MP was appointed to the position but he demonstrated unique leadership skills.
Mwinyi said many MPs were eyeing the position but the party chose Chonga.
“I am equally qualified for the position but Chonga had more than what it takes. The party leader Raila Odinga was to grace this occasion but because of other engagements he could not,” he said
Chonga promised to abide by the advice of the elders, religious leaders and other dignitaries who graced the ceremony.
Ganze MP Teddy Mwambire urged the elders to invite all parliamentary aspirants seeking election on the ODM ticket for a roundtable meeting to reach a consensus on who should be given the ticket.
“If the elders can bring all the aspirants for the seats together and they agree to support one of them it will be a great thing to the party but if none will agree then they will go to nomination and the best candidate will take the ODM ticket,” said Mwambire
Other leaders who graced the occasion include Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, Kaloleni MP Paul Katana, Kilifi senator Stewart Madzayo, Kwale senator Juma Boy, Kilifi county assembly speaker Jimmy Kahindi, Kilifi deputy governor Gideon Saburi, former devolution CAS Gideon Mung’aro and ODM youth leader Fikirini Jacobs.
Jacobs said Chonga is the only sitting leader from the Chonyi community who has the potential to vie for the Kilifi gubernatorial seat in the near future.
“Chonga has the potential of going for the Kilifi governor seat in 2027. It is in this regard that I beseech you not to dwell so much on negotiated democracy if you want the Chonyi community to take the governorship. Negotiated democracy is meant to programme you into believing that the chonyi community can only take the senatorial position which is the current situation. Let’s run away from this and the potential for Chonga to be the governor is there,” said Jacobs.