Veteran Mombasa politicians have asked Governor Hassan Joho to shift camp and work with Jubilee administration if he wishes to remain “relevant” in politics beyond 2022.
They warned him to stop his obsession with secession rhetoric and concentrate on his mandate to improve the county’s socio-economic and political welfare.
Speaking during Jamhuri Day celebrations at Tononoka grounds, former MPs Ramadhan Kajembe, Suleiman Shakombo and Mohamed Jahazi urged Joho to swallow his pride for the sake of his political future. Governor Joho, a fierce critic of the Jubilee government was elected on an ODM ticket and his second term ends in 2022.
Their sentiments came as all the elected leaders boycotted the celebrations led by County Commissioner Evans Achoki. Shakombo, former MP for Likoni, claimed that Joho was championing secession politics as a diversionary tactic from his failures, but warned him that he will disappear into political oblivion unless he changes course.
“We don’t support any secession rhetoric, these are sentiments of a person who has failed to deliver in his first term,” said Shakombo. The leaders urged Joho and other Opposition MPs to stop politicking and instead focus on delivering their promises to the people. “Our leaders are leading us to the wrong direction.
There is nothing to celebrate while in the Opposition. It is time we should think on the right direction. There is no future for us as Mombasa residents if our leaders continue to keep us in the Opposition,” said Kajembe.
The calls were supported by Jahazi, who is also the chairman of the Mombasa Council of Elders. He accused the MPs of blindly following Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
“Our leaders have lost track, there is no other President apart from Uhuru Kenyatta and snubbing the celebrations is a show of lack of patriotism,” said Jahazi. Achoki said the political season is over and leaders should join hands to address challenges facing Kenyans.
“Politics is over, let us join hands and work with the government. The leaders from this region should be patriotic enough and attend such celebrations just like other residents,” he said.