New bid for Mijikenda unity announced at cultural festival - 5 months ago, 10 Sep 20:00

By: Charles Lwanga

The nine Mijikenda tribes have launched a unity initiative ahead of the 2022 elections.

On Sunday, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, flanked by eight MPs, led the Chenda Chenda Festival at the Karisa Maitha Grounds in Kilifi to celebrate Mijikenda culture and unite the community.

The leaders also aim at ensuring that the Mijikenda, who have more than 1 million registered voters combined — perhaps the biggest bloc at the Coast — form their own party to enable them to bargain for power in the 2022 elections.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Kingi said the region is seeking political and economic unity to enable it to speak with one voice.

“This day marks the beginning of Coast unity. The importance of the Mijikenda must be recognised, as well as the unity of the Coastal people,” he said.


The festival, organised by Mijikenda kaya elders, showcased the diverse cultural activities of the nine tribes, ...
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