The spat between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has already started ahead of the president’s planned tour of the coast region starting Saturday, August 20.
Already, Joho has sent a stern warning to Uhuru ahead of his visit, criticizing him of ignoring the coast people only to return when the 2017 general election has drawn closer.
Joho has said that he will tell Uhuru on his face that the coast region is not with him.
“I heard they announced they are coming back here. We are watching and waiting for them. This time we will tell them to their face, no fearing anyone. You can’t be in government, do nothing for us, then you disappear only to resurface close to the general election and say you want to meet Coast leaders,”Joho said as quoted by Star.
The ODM deputy party leader caused a stir in December 015 when he had a major fall-out with Uhuru during his month long visit to the region.
Joho accused Uhuru of not informing him of his visit and lengthy stay in Mombasa, telling him on his face that he was not impressed by the ‘mistreatment’.
The attack prompted Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko to launch a scathing attack on Joho, something almost brought the two to blows.
What followed was an order by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery for Joho to surrender his firearms.
The governor ignored the order, prompting Nkaissery to threaten to arrest him.
However, Joho won when the court ruled that he was rightfully in possession of the firearms. Later Uhuru retaliated by ordering Joho’s businesses operating from Kilindini shut down. It has never been the same for Governor Joho since then.
“I heard they announced they are coming back here. We are watching and waiting for them. This time we will tell them to their face, no fearing anyone,” Joho said on Friday when he toured projects in Vikwatani, Kisauni constituency.
“You can’t be in government, do nothing for us, then you disappear only to resurface close to the general election and say you want to meet Coast leaders.”
Joho said the Coast people are wiser now. “If you think you will come here and call people to State House and expect them to come running, my friend, you have lost focus,” Joho said.
Uhuru is expected in Mombasa on Saturday to officially open the new retail centre at Kongowea market, which he ordered completed in January.
He will also open the Agricultural Society of Kenya show in Mkomani and the second container terminal at the Mombasa port.
The retail centre was the subject of another cold war between the national and the county government on who should officially open the building.