Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has promised to lead Coast leaders out of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party by June 2021.

Speaking during the burial of former Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga, Governor Kingi, who is serving his last term in office noted that it is time the region unites under a new political outfit and chart a way forward ahead of the 2022 general election.

According to Kingi, the region is tired of being underappreciated yet it has over 1.7 million registered voters who are critical in determining who’ll be Kenya’s next president.

“The people in the region are tired of being treated like second class citizens during every poll and we demand to be recognised as we have more than 1.7 million registered voters,” he said.

“I thank Coast leaders for not attending the United Democratic Alliance launch. Coast will not be used to fill the baskets of others,” he said as quoted by a local daily.

The move is anticipated to create tension between Kingi and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, considering that the latter is the Deputy Party Leader of ODM.

Joho has on several occasions noted that the interests of Coastal people are well taken care of in ODM, and as such, there is no need for creating a new party.