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Mombasa Jubilee leaders caution Governor Hassan Joho over endless attacks on President

By Philip Mwakio | Published Mon, January 9th 2017 at 00:00, Updated January 9th 2017 at 11:52 GMT +3
Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho. (Photo: Mosses Omusula/Standard)

Jubilee leaders in Mombasa have warned Governor Ali Hassan Joho to stop his incessant attacks on President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking at a press conference at the county Jubilee offices in Nyali yesterday, the party leaders led by Suleiman Shahbal said Joho's attacks on Uhuru had degenerated into personal insults.

They claimed the county chief's views on Uhuru and Jubilee were personal and did not represent those of Mombasa residents.

"He does not in any way speak on behalf of the Mombasa populace. We are known to be very hospitable and disciplined people and the likes of Joho do not fall within our midst," said Shahbal who lost the 2013 gubernatorial race to Joho.

The leaders questioned the priorities of the Joho-led county government and warned him to stop his incessant attacks on the Jubilee administration.

"Joho's government has in its must-do list the Mishkaki festivals, hosting international celebrities like Chris Brown, Ali Kiba and Taarab dances," Shahbal added, referring to some of the events hosted in Mombasa last year through the alleged sponsorship of the county government.

Joho has said in the past that the events were hosted by private businessmen.

Shahbal said Kenya is a great nation because its people respect institutions like the presidency.

He said while Joho castigated Jubilee for every single project it has initiated, the governor was not sincere in solving the people's problems.

"For a very long time now the general population in Kisauni has suffered, especially when it rains due to poor planning and drainage. The Jubilee government has seen the suffering and is now eager to help," he said.

Interim Jubilee Party Mombasa Chairman Matano Chengo challenged Governor Joho to state which projects he had initiated since he was elected into office.

"The mere painting of the Coast Provincial General Hospital yet the institution continues to lack adequate drugs is a mockery to Mombasa and the coastal citizens who rely on its services," Chengo said.

Former Mvita Constituency CDF Chairman Ibrahim Khamis claimed Mombasa had lost is glory as a gateway and clean port city under the current administration.

"Our port city is stinking. Garbage mounds are everywhere and this makes our once popular tourist city less attractive," he said.


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