Joho has scored big in spat with the President

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By NepJournal July 20, 2017 10:08

By Abubakar Bishar:

Ali Hassan Joho was born on 26th February 1976 in Mombasa, he is today the governor of the county.

Besides a rich political background and good record in public service, Joho has had an illustrious career as a businessperson. He is the founder and pioneer of Prima Pest and Bins Limited; He is also the founder of M-tech Kenya Limited and East African Terminals.

He equally commands respect within the shipping and logistics business.

Joho was a former Member of Parliament and assistant minister. He is now the governor of the second biggest city in Kenya – Mombasa.

During his free time, Joho undertakes a lot of charity work. Through, the Hassan Joho Foundation, a non-profit organization, He supports the needy members of the society.

Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.

Joho campaigned to be elected as the first Governor of Mombasa and emerged the winner and was sworn in on 27th March 2013. He won 132,583 votes while his closest rival Mr. Suleiman Shahbal garnered 94,905 votes. Shabal went to court alleging rigging, but his petition was dismissed.

The governor has of late been engaged in a spat with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto over development in the Coast region.

When President Kenyatta snubbed him in his 16-day Coast tour early 2016, Governor Joho told off the President saying he too was elected by the people and demanded respect.

In his long tussle with President Uhuru, Joho has crossed path with Coast Regional Coordinator Mr. Nelson Marwa whome he accused of being used by the government to undermine him.

Joho’s bad blood with the government of the day led to the withdrawal of security and an order to have him surrender his firearm.

In all these incidents, Joho has earned himself admiration from his supporters cultivating the image of a fearless, independent leader and a darling of his people who now refer to him as the Sultan.

While the president would have been expected to take the high road, he played into Joho’s trap elevating him to the national discourse through tactical errors that only serve to extend Joho’s Success. To his constituents, Joho remains the Titan of Mombasa, a charming leader and philanthropist.

Interesting is how Joho uses every spat with the President to his advantage. In fact, while responding to claims over his educational background, Joho admitted having scored a D Minus in Form Four which he said should be regarded as an inspiration to Kenyan youth who fail to score the best grades in school thus labelled failures.

By seemingly targeting Joho, the Jubilee administration has only succeeded in raising the national profile of the man Hassan Ali Joho while painting the president ‘the bad guy’.

If Joho wins and goes ahead to recapture his seat on August 8, he will surely be a force to recon with in the 2022 presidential race, not as a Coast politician or ODM deputy leader, but as a national leader.

Governor Hassan Joho has the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character, which inspires confidence.

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By NepJournal July 20, 2017 10:08