Governor Kingi slams those against the TUFE Agenda. He says that it’s the Coast People who are demanding for TUFE.
TUFE is a symbol of the Coast Unity Agenda that seeks to unite the region as well as build a formidable local outfit that help Wapwani to path coast political direction. Doubters and critics of TUFE should therefore board the Unity vehicle for region’s prosperity. TUFE is of the People, for the People and by the People!
By Chaduchi Correspondent
In the early 1960s, attempts to win full autonomy for a narrow strip of Indian Ocean coastline – the Protectorate of Kenya – encouraged an exclusivist discourse of autochthony. To establish their historical ownership of the coast, both political thinkers who supported and decried coastal separatism emphasized the correlation of race, ethnicity, religion, and physical space. Through competing claims to ‘the soil’, all parties articulated a dually integrative and divisive language of citizenship. As a result, autochthony discourse exacerbated tensions within coastal society, fortified divergent visions of the postcolonial nation, and highlighted reductive definitions of the coast as either maritime or continental in orientation.
Since Independence, claims of political and economic marginalization can be found across Kenya. At the coast, however, the uniquely long struggle for definition of political identity appears intricately connected to the region’s struggle for economic access to public and private resources. Complaints of economic marginalization have long dominated coastal politics. The failed role of the coast’s political and even intellectual representatives were
most to blame for coastal people’s lack of political and economic status within the Kenyan state thus the need for a fresh conversation on Coast unity of Purpose.
The Coast Society has been a sophisticated debating society-politically speaking. Enraged by the deliberate misconception by national power-against coast expectations and interests- majority of Coast people are still unsettled. Their burning desire to politically converge, converse and organize for them to heal their painful past and shape their present still holds. National politics in Kenya have been an instrument of coast victimization and marginalization. The national ruling class have manipulated the coast numbers to outcome a political economy that disfavors the coast region and its people. Persistent tendencies from the national political actors have been disreputable and unclean for the Coast atmosphere thus the need to reverse this through collective action that can generate from the Coast people themselves. Since the demise of Karisa Maitha, coast has never seen a leader of courage apart from Kilifi Governor Amason Jeffah Kingi. If given the required political space and chance by the Kenyan people, Kingi can help the region to determine its political destiny towards his national leadership since politics is local.
While Kingi’s local political efforts to unite the region before uniting Kenyans are gaining momentum, it’s intriguing to learn that few leaders from the Coast are emerging to be forces of frustration to this important local political initiative. An Initiative that is likely to rewrite the political history of not only Coast but Kenya at large. Some national leaders have also rattled the move to galvanize the region towards a common direction. But the good news are, Governor Kingi is unbowed.
The only Hope is TUFE
In all this, the ideological focus called TUFE is in the offing under the patronage of Kilifi Governor Amason J. Kingi. The new political outfit will be a vehicle for all as opposed to the individual parties such as the recently unveiled UDA to which some Coast MPs are allied. It will be a national outfit.
A story was told by Governor Kingi of a young man in school who took time to prepare a ball using rags. His target was to lure his fellow pupils during break time to play that ball locally known in Giryama language as TUFE (what Governor Kingi is holding in the above photo)
During break time school boys will gather at the school playground. He will coordinate the composition of the 2 competing teams. Surprisingly, all players will que behind him as the owner of the TUFE. Logic being he owns the ball and the game. “Mwenye TUFE kachembwa” added Governor Kingi in Giriama dialect meaning you can’t cross the owner of the ball. If you do, he will take the ball and declare the game over.
There is parralel between this TUFE analogy and how our Kenyan Political parties are managed. Owners of political parties will always dictate how the political game is played. If their parties capture power, they will still bulldoze on who gets what and where. Identification of mega infrastructure projects, state appointments among other opportunities that come with power will flow through direct prerogative of the owners of the tools of power.
Wapwani, Kingi’s TUFE narrative is timely. The time to unite as Pwani people is now. Let Wapwani listen to this brilliant son of Pwani. TUFE conversation if well managed will Timely Unite us of people’s emancipation.
Any efforts by Nairobi to defeat the TUFE idea need to ignored. Those coast leaders being used to disrupt the TUFE agenda should rethink their actions. TUFE is for everyone. Not for any leader whether seating or aspiring.
TUFE will soon roll in all Coast Counties then to other Counties in Kenya. It will be played and its firmness tested then its leader be crowned as the unity leader.