Sunday June 30, 2019-With the 2022 fast approaching, Deputy President William Ruto seems to be slowly losing his footing in the vote-rich Coast region.

This is after former Mombasa Jubilee gubernatorial candidate Suleiman Shahbal and other county leaders dumped the party and abandoned Ruto’s team ahead of the 2022 General Elections.

Shahbal and his team joined Governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Amason Kingi (Kilifi) camp, as the two county bosses plan the next move for the coast region, a longtime opposition bedrock.

The Governors, both from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), have announced plans to vie for the presidency and lock the DP out of the region in his 2022 presidential bid.

In Kilifi, MPs Owen Baya (Kilifi North) and Paul Katana (Kaloleni) have since returned to ODM after their initial endorsements of Ruto.

In Kwale, Matuga MP Kassim Tandaza and Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) have also abandoned the DP, with Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori going silent after a warning from the ODM party earlier in the year.

The same is the case with Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala who says that he will make his declaration in 2021, with the DP not enjoying any notable support in Taita Taveta.



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