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Amason Kingi is The Next Coast Political Kingpin, Blogger Opines

•Kingi has endured campaign criticism from his own people as well as betrayal and denial with his PAA party

•His move to Kenya Kwanza was seen as a joke by the bearded Sultan 001

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Kilifi County political blogger, Clinton Iha, has opined that Senate speaker and former County boss Amason Jeffah Kingi could be the next Coast political kingpin.

Sharing his insights on Facebook, Iha said that Kingi has endured campaign criticism from his own people as well as betrayal and denial with his PAA party something that has firmed up his political muscles.

“He has endured the campaign criticism from his own people, he has endured betrayal and denial with his PAA party forget the booing peddled by political juveniles in Kilifi. You can name them…

“His move to Kenya Kwanza was seen as a joke by the bearded Sultan 001. Kingi is that ‘cool guy’, he doesn’t argue with a brainless head, he doesn’t indulge with political toddlers! Truly ‘Mwenye Nguvu Steady Nae,” Iha said in his post.

I think Speaker Amason Kingi will is the next political Kingpin in Coast.

He has endured the campaign criticism from…

Posted by Clinton Iha on Wednesday, September 14, 2022

We talked with a Political analyst, Carlos Mumba, who rubbished the opinion saying he has a lot to do to become one considering his task at hand.

“Kingi being a speaker of the Senate means he has a lot of things to work on at the national realm and it might lose his popularity in the region politics. In the 2022 polls, he failed to consolidate votes as well leaders from the region to a block, how now do we say he is the next Coast political kingpin?” Mumba posed.

“Coast is large with patches of political outfits the likes of his own PAA, ODM, Wiper, UDA and many more If he mean business he should unify electorates as well as leaders.

“Once Coast vote as a block then we can say he is a Kingpin but for now we have no political sovran of the area neither should we expect to have one in the near future.

“We have failed to unite as a region. Where is Jumuiya ya Umoja wa Kaunti za Pwani? Why is Mung’aro saying he will revive it? That tells you it’s on its deathbed. Translating that leaders failed to foster unity. Kingi and Joho had chances to pushing the idea and build a political block out of Coast,” Mumba said

This comes 6 days after, Amason Jeffah Kingi being elected as the speaker of the Senate – the third under the 2010 Constitution.

In the election exercise conducted in the Senate Chambers on Thursday, September 8, Kingi garnered 46 votes out of a possible 67.

The Clerk of the Senate Jeremiah Nyegenye announced the results, before allowing Kingi to walk into the Chambers and take oath of office.

The former Kilifi County governor’s win became inevitable after Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew his candidature for the seat.

In his acceptance speech, Kingi thanked the members who elected him and promised to execute his mandate in accordance with the Constitution of Kenya.

“I am profoundly honored and overwhelmed by the great honor and privilege you have bestowed upon me by electing me as your Speaker. I am touched by the immense confidence and trust you have placed in me.

“I therefore accept with humility and pledge that I shall perform to my utmost ability the constitutional responsibilities and duties of the office of the Senate Speaker for the next five years with diligence and decorum,” Kingi stated.

Some Coast Senators allied to Azimio came forward days later to explain why they backed Amason Kingi for the Senate Speaker position.

On Monday this week while addressing the media in Mombasa, Kilifi Senator Stewart Madzayo and his Mombasa counterpart Mohammed Faki, both of ODM said that they backed Kingi because he hails from the coast.

“I was eyeing the deputy speaker position, and I was ready to oppose Kingi, who hails from Kilifi county just like me in favour of one of our Azimio principals, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka,” Madzayo said.

Madzayo said that since Kalonzo bolted out of the race and Azimio senators stormed out of the assembly they resolved to back Kingi for the seat since he was unopposed.

“We could not leave the House since we had no candidate and Kingi had no challenger, that is why as Coast senators together with Abdul Hajji of Garissa and Fatuma Adan Dulo of Isiolo we decided to back him,” Madzayo said.

Faki said that their decision to back Kingi was based on his ability to serve.

He said Kingi, being a lawyer by profession and having served Kilifi as governor for ten years, he had the ability and experience to be the next Speaker.

“After Kalonzo bolted out, Kingi was left with six other candidates who did not.

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Blue Economy Is Not About The Sky, One on One With Baraka

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The blue Economy discussion has recently become a trending discussion in the County of Kilifi as the County boss cabinet was vetted.

It all began when the turn for Dr. Peter Chula Mwagona to be vetted came. Chula was nominated to head the Agriculture, Livestock Development and Blue Economy department. Some Kilifians had it that other questions exposed the lack of knowledge in a few members of the committee.

But what is Blue Economy?

John Baraka from Sokoni ward helps us understand this.

Baraka tells us that blue economy is the “sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystems.

“This is very vital to the people of Kilifi County. It is not ABOUT THE SKIES!!!

“Kilifi County boasts of the longest shoreline amongst all the coastal counties and as a government, we should use this to our advantage.

“These are the short-term and long-term projects I will make sure that the County takes into consideration. But the enabler of all this is the Development of fisheries-based co-operatives,” Baraka told us.

Development of Local Fishing Fleet

He went on saying, that, “The establishment of a boat-building facility and establishing a financing program will be to enable local fishermen acquire boats built in the facility. Fishermen skills gaps will be addressed through specific training.

“Social Benefits
•The local fishermen will be able to access boats at affordable prices.
•The local boat builders will have access to modern facilities to construct boats locally.
•The local boat-building industry will benefit from improved boat-building technologies.”

Development of Fishery Hatcheries

On this Baraka said the lack of quality fish ‘seeds’ (fingerlings) is one of the major bottlenecks in the development of aquaculture in the county. He added that the aquaculture industry will be able to offer a wider variety of farmed marine and freshwater products.

“Social Benefits
•More variety of aquaculture products will enable a wider section of the community to be involved in aquaculture activities.
•The employment opportunities will lead to stable households

Development of Fish Port

“The development of a fish port and the required infrastructure of large cold storage would attract the vessel fishing in the Kenya EEZ to land fish in a facility in the county. The availability of adequate supplies would enable private investment in fish processing.

“Social Benefits
•Address the problems of fish scarcity within the markets for food security and malnutrition •Generate employment for women and youth from the availability of fish for trade.
•Create employment opportunities for many households from the construction phase, to the operations phases and from the related industries and activities.

Establishment Fish Auction Market

“Wholesale and retail fish markets will be developed in the major urban centers to provide fishermen with easy access to the market and a better price to fish. The market will provide traders and consumers easier access to reliable fish and fish products of good quality.

Social Benefits
• Small-scale fish traders will have access to a reliable source of fish.
•The fishermen will get higher prices for their fish.
•The market will make fish accessible to households tackling malnutrition.”

Cruiseship Transport Corridor in Kilifi County

Baraka wants it to be possible to use a Cruise Ship from The furthest point in Malindi, Mombasa and Kwale.

“Population increase and economic development have led to congestion on road transport. In addition, tourist arrivals have been increasing over time thus exerting more pressure on road networks.

“Kilifi is endowed with the longest shoreline that can be harnessed to provide alternative transport in terms of a cruise ship Of the total 648km of Kenya’s coastline, Kilifi County boasts of having the longest coastline of 264km which is navigable by small and medium vessels that can be used for both Passenger and Goods transport,” he said.

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Top 7 Photographers In Malindi, Who Is The Best of All?

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Well, everybody wants to freeze those best memories with quality images.

For memories, everyone wants events like weddings, family come together parties, graduations and many other events captured in quality images.

There are people who can help us achieve exactly that.

These are Photographers. Photographers make our desires come true and though hiring one is at times kinda expensive, sometimes we got no any other option.

Let’s have a look at some of the best Photographers in Malindi.

7. Shampuz Media

The Francis Shaban owned media entity offers lifestyle, corporate events, portraiture and documentary services.

6. Sayari Photography

They used to have their studio at Malindi Mall in Malindi town adjacent to KWFT offices. Currently they offer mobile services.

Sayari Photography offers lifestyle, travel, corporate events and portraiture services.

5. Ken Art Photography
With a mobile studio and competent skills in taking shots Ken Art Photography comes fifth on our list. They have been super active in the just concluded general elections capturing best shots.

They are best in still photos though. So If you want videos then wait for our number one and two on the list.

4. Swanky Photography
The secular artist, Swanky, led team has their studio around BP in Malindi town.

On a chit-chat with Swanky a month ago the Mseto EA Coast ambassador revealed that the studio set up cost not less than 2.5USD (Ksh 300K).

Musa Menza is the CEO.

3. Typol Photography

They are best in still videos and still photos. Ernest Paul is the Chief Excecutive of the team.

2. Through My Lenses

They are best in still photos as well as videos. Now If you have a wedding, a birthday party or any other event that you want captured in video the they are the best.

Experienced Peter Mkristo, is the lead photographer. Their studio is located at Cooperative Bank building.

1. MMP Production
The lead videographer cum photographer GK Macharia is an award-winning. He has worked with renowned artists in producing their music videos.

MMP are best in motion pictures.

Who else have we left out? Share your thoughts.😊

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