A newly registered Coast-based political party Monday unveiled its headquarters and a membership recruitment drive in Mombasa County.
The Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) linked to Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, opened its headquarters in Mombasa’s Nyali leafy suburb and registered its members to meet the requirement by the Registrar of Political Parties.
The Interim party national chairman Ibrahim Khamis Babagida told reporters they intend to recruit over 10,000 members with plans underway to unveil it officially by the end of the month.
He said that the party, with a symbol of hut, will spread its tentacles all over the country to ensure it has a national outlook and appeal.
“We have to correct the impression and propaganda that our party is for the native coastal community. Very soon you will be shocked with the identities of our national officials,” added Babagida.
He said the party is in talks with all Coast-based political parties including Shirikisho Party of Kenya, Kadu Asili, Umoja Summit and Republican Congress to form either pre-election or post-election coalition.
“The Republican Congress (RC) party has agreed to formally join the Pamoja African Alliance. Discussions are ongoing to persuade other parties to embrace this new platform as a vehicle to propel the interests of our people at the national level,” said Babagida.
He said the party has been formed with a vision of creating a political vehicle that will drive the agenda of coastal residents and ensure the region is well represented in the next government after 2022 general elections.
“As natives and residents of this region, we anticipate direct engagement with friendly parties during discussion on sharing of the national cake. We are tired of being engaged after such talks have been concluded,” he added.
The PAA national interim chairman also said the party top brass will also discuss whether to field a presidential candidate in the 2022 General Election.
“The discussion on a presidential candidate will be arrived at after the official launch of the party. We shall decide whether to field or not field a candidate for the presidency. For now, we are involved in membership recruitment drives and other important matters,” he stressed.